The Ratha Yatra in Puri in Odisha is India’s largest chariot festival. This festival is considered quite an elegant festival in more than one way. It has become a symbol of identity for Puri and Odisha state as a whole. Every year, thousands and lakhs of devotees worldwide assemble at Puri to become a part of this holy festival.
The festival is an 11-day long festival. The priests of Sri Mandir carry the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Ma Subhadra in a Rath to their aunt Gundicha Ma’s temple, and they return after a period of nine days. The Puri Rath Yatra is one of the oldest yatras in the world and is responsible for significantly increasing Odisha tourism. You can even find mention of this festival in the ancient Hindu texts that are the Puranas.
Today, people celebrate this festival at an international level across 108 cities, including New York, London, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Kuala Lumpur etc., plus the Indian cities of Kolkata and Mumbai. This is exactly why the Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra should be on your must-do at least once in a lifetime bucket list.
Now, to understand the hype about the festival, let us dive deep into this procession:
These are some of the interesting things about Rath Yatra that speak volumes about the Odisha culture.
Irrespective of who they are, every Lord Krishna devotee has expressed interest in the Rath Yatra. The pulling of the cart is a symbol of clearing the mind and surrendering to the Supreme. Every year, thousands and lakhs of Hindu pilgrims go to the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, as it is one of the most important annual events in Hinduism to witness the glory of the Lord of the Universe.
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