Sunday, July 03, 2011

Happy 'RathaYatra'

Jagannath Swami... Nayana patha gaami... Bhaba tume.
Lord Jagannath, Lord Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra (From R-L)
Jagannath Temple, Hauz Khas, New Delhi

'Ratha' means Chariot or Car and 'Yatra' means Festival. 'Ratha Yatra' or 'Car Festival' is one of the very important festivals celebrated by Hindus, originated from Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri, Orissa but celebrated all over the world. On this auspicious day, only once in a year, deities Lord Jagannath, Lord Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra come out of the Temple and travel by huge traditional chariots being pulled by people. The procession goes to Lord's aunt's Temple where they stay for 9 days. On the 10th day deities return to their temple in respective chariots.
Non Hindus are not allowed inside the Jagannath Temple, it is believed, once in a year Lord comes out to see his devotees who could not get into the temple.

Huge chariots for deities at Grand Road, Puri, Orissa

Wish you all a very happy Ratha Yatra, may God bless you.

More information on Lord Jagannath/Jagannath Temple, Puri HERE.


Sankara Subramanian C said...

Nice. Its been a while since I saw the rath yatra live.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

You've been to Puri?

debarpita mohapatra said...

@ Sankara: It's live now. Check it.

@ Shri: Unlucky me Shri, these images are from last year.