The Jagannath Temple of Puri is a famous holy Hindu temple worshipping Lord Jagannath and located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha. Jagannath Temple is more famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three main temple gods are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. Jagannath Puri Rath yatra 2015 will be held on 18 July 2015, Saturday.
Jagannath Rath Yatra 2015 Day : Saturday
Jagannath Rath Yatra Details :
Rath Yatra or Jatra is the celebration of the Lord Jagannath, who is believed to be the Lord of Universe’s journey towards his aunt’s house. Jagannath Rath Yatra is more than five thousand years old and the most spiritual thing is, the celebration follows all the same rituals from its starting. There would not see any changes in this festival. Lord Jagannath is worshipped along with his brother lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra.
The popular Rath Yatra is the time when the Deities come out of the temple for all to see. Each deity visit Gudicha Temple in their specific chariots drawn by devotees. Gudicha temple is dedicated to Lord’s Aunt.
The chariots used during Rath Yatra are built every year. Carpenters began the construction of chariots on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The chariots are painted with bright colors and the tops are covered with red, black, yellow, or green canopies. Lord Jagannath uses red and yellow, Lord Balaram uses red and green, while Goddess Subhadra uses red and black.
Lord Jagannath’s Rath or Chariot Details :
Lord Jagannath’s chariot is called as Chakradhwaja or Nandhighosa
5 feet tall
65 tons weight
Garuda on its peak along with four white wooden horses
Lord Balaram’s cart is called Taladhwaja
Goddess Subhadra’s cart is called Padmadhwaja or Darpadalan
This time in Puri Rath Yatra 2015 also will see the same celebration but wide more spiritual excitement. Because it is the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra where all the Lords will get new avatar after nineteen years.
The return journey of Lords is also celebrated as Bahuda yatra.
The gods reach the Puri temple on Ekadasi day, than attired in new costumes and this new form of the idols is known as ‘Suna Vesa’.
When is Puri Rath Yatra celebrated?
on the second day of new moon in the months of June/July (Ashadh Sud Beej/ Ashadh mas Sud Dwitiya/Ashadhi Beej)
It takes place according to the dates and times of Hindu calendar. Ratha Yatra 2015 will commence on 18th July and Return Car Festival or’ Bahuda Yatra’ will fall on 26th July this year.
The Jagannath temple was built in the 12th century atop its ruins by the progenitor of the Eastern Ganga dynasty, King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva. The image of Jagannath is wooden. Every twelve or nineteen years these wooden figures are ceremoniously replaced by using sacred trees that have to be carved as an exact replica. The Rath Yatra of Puri is a significant event in the entire state that is witnessed by numerous tourists both foreigners and Indians.
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