Bhubaneswar, June 25: Amid tight security, Odisha’s Puri is all set for the Rath Yatra festival of Lord Jagannath. Ten thousand people are reportedly expected to attend the religious fervour this year. The 5000 year old chariot festival marks the return of Lord Krishna to Vrindavan with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown: Schools in These States Won’t Open Till Year-end | Complete List Here
This year, the Jagannath Yatra starts from June 25 and ends on July 3. The day that falls on July 3, that is the end of Yatra is termed as the return cart festival or Bahuda Jatra. Rain plays an, important role during the Rath Yatra in Puri. According to Hindu calendar, this yatra is celebrated every year on Ashadh Shukla Dwitiya. Also Read - Coronavirus: Odisha Extends Lockdown Till Dec 31, Academic Institutes to Remain Shut
This Rath festival usually commences in the month of June or July. This yatra includes three majestic chariots — Nandighosa (Lord Jagannath), Taladwaja (Balabhadra) and Darpadalan (Subhadra). They have been kept ready before the 12th century Jagannath Temple, situated in Puri. On the occasion of Rath Yatra today, devotees will pull these three chariots on the grand road to the Gundicha Temple, which is situated about three kilometres from the main temple. Also Read - Odisha Artist Makes Lord Jagannath's Idol with 3,635 Matchsticks
Meanwhile, renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik who had set world record and got place in Limca Book of Record has carved beautiful art on Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath at the Puri beach in Odisha with message “Let us all immerse in the spirit of unity & brotherhood”.
The Rath Yatra is the only festival in the world where the deity is taken out of the temple. It is said that people who attend the festival find their way towards heaven after death. The entire state as well as many people across the country attend the Rath Yatra for a fascinating sight and also to seek darshan and witness the holy view in Puri.