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June 22, 2017: One of the four divine abode where legends still live on, the city of Puri in Eastern India arranges once in every year for the glorious voyage of the God in Chariot. The grand celebration of Rath Yatra will initiate on the June 25, Sunday while the return journey or Bahuda Jatra’ will fall on July 3rd, Monday.

Situated across the four corners of the India, Puri alongside Rameshwaram, Dwarka and Badrinath makes the four Holy dwellings Hinduism.


A Rath Yatra is an excursion in a chariot joined by the general public. Otherwise called Chariot Festival, this is a standout amongst the most anticipated Hindu celebrations of the nation. It ordinarily alludes to a parade (travel) of gods, individuals dressed like gods, or basically religious holy people.


The festival and perception of the Puri Rath Yatra Festival go back to the time of the Puranas and the depictions of the same can be found in Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, and Skanda Purana and Kapila Samhita.

The acclaimed celebration in the time of June or July begins when the chariots of Lord Jagannath joined by his senior sibling Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra is conveyed out onto the Main Street of Puri known as Bada Danda. The Chariots are then taken to the Shri Gundicha Temple to their aunt’s home where the divinities are honoured nine days stay and are presented with sweet pancakes. On their way back to the Temple, the gods are offered Poda Pitha when their chariots stop at the Mausi Maa Temple. This sweet is a sort of prepared cake that is intended to be devoured by the poor people.

The Rath Yatra at Puri is a huge occasion in the whole composition that is seen by various travellers both outsiders and Indians. Amid the Rath Yatra, Puri is hued in the clearest shades of sheer satisfaction and pleasure and is rushed with aficionados who wish to pay their respect to the gods and look for their endowments.

HAPPY RATH YATRA TO ALL!

by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94


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