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Ulta Rath Yatra: Devotees Celebrate the return of the Trinity to their Abode

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During Ulta Rath Yatra in Kolkata. Wikimedia

New Delhi, July 3, 2017: The Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra returned to their abode on Monday, after a stay of eight days in the Gundicha temple of Puri, marking the annual festival of Chariots which is held at Puri in Odisha. This return journey of the sibling deities is called Bahuda Yatra and is also known as Ulta Rath Yatra or Ulto Rath Yatra.

As a part of Rath Yatra, the deities of Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra are taken out to their aunt’s temple which is the Gundicha temple, where they stay for eight days and then return in their three respective chariots from the Garden House or ‘Adapa Mandapa’ in Gundicha temple. This temple is just 2 Kms away from the main temple.

The Bahuda Yatra is celebrated every year on the tenth day of bright fortnight of the Hindu calendar month of Ashadha which falls in the month of June or July according to the Gregorian calendar.

Devotees pulled the richly decorated chariots, that resembled the temples, as a part of the ritual. On the way back home, the Trinity stopped at the Mausima temple where the Trinity were offered ‘poda pitha’ made of rice, jaggery, coconuts, and lentils, which is considered as the lord’s favorite. The Emami temple founders along with their family members performed ‘Chhera Pahanra’ as they swept on the chariots with a golden broom.

Lakhs of devotees gather every year to witness the Trinity’s Bahuda Yatra, and the police tighten their belts in order to make the festival go on smoothly. Devotees from all over the world come to Puri with a desire to help pull the chariots of the dieties which is considered as an auspicious deed. This is the only day where everybody seeking blessings can get their glimpse of the dieties, even the ones who are not allowed in the temple premises during regular days, like the non Hindus or the foreigners.

The Trinity would be ready for dharshan to the people in temple tomorrow during the ‘Suna Besha’. The dieties, as a part of the celebration, would be attired in gold ornaments and worshipped on their chariots.

– by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha


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The Rath Yatra at Puri is a huge occasion in the whole composition that is seen by various travelers


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.

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Preparing for car festival of Jagannath, Puri. Wikimedia

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.


– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94