The Mega Chariot Festival of Puri Orissa :
Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra is one of the most popular Hindu festivals of India. This festival is also known by the names of Ratha Jatra and Car Festival. Every year this festival is celebrated on the month of Asadh. This rath yatra observes Shri Krishna’s journey from Gokul to Mathura.
Ratha Yatra in Sri Jagannatha Puri :
The Jagannath Temple Puri, situated in Orissa is one of the most significant shrines of Hindus. Every year this temple is host to the famous Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra, which has proved to be a major attraction for tourists from all over the world. Thousands of
devotees and visitors from India as well as different parts of the world come here to take part in this festival. For this yatra three huge chariots are prepared in which the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra are carried out to Gundicha Temple.
These idols remain there for a period of nine days which is then followed by a return journey known as Bahuda Yatra. Each year new chariots are made for this purpose. These chariots have to be made as per the precise ancient specifications.
These chariots are named as Nandighose (Lord Jagannath’s chariot), Taladwaja (Lord Balabhadra’s chariot) and Devadalan (Subhadra’s chariot). Nandighose has 18 wheels and has a height of 23 cubits, Taladwaja has 16 wheels and has a height of 22 cubits, Devadalan has 14 wheels and has a height of 21 cubits. These chariots are pulled with the help of ropes by thousands of worshippers.
This Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra festival has turned out to be one of the major attractions for tourists. Every year several tour operators provide numerous packages to tourists. Those who want to take part in this grand celebration can select from these packages and get their bookings done. This festival will sure turnout to be an experience of your lifetime.
The Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra will take place on 29 July 2014.