Rath yatra in Puri commenced on July 6 in Odisha, with several thousands of devotees lining up to catch a glimpse of Jagannath. The idols of the three siblings Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra make their way every year from the Jagannath Temple to the Gundicha Temple nearby. They are drawn in three different chariots and dragged by thousands of people. The chariot festival that lasts nine days is one of the biggest in India and the world, it is the oldest rath yatra tradition too. Also Read - Amid Delhi Violence, Amit Shah Offers Prayers at Puri's Shree Jagannath Temple Along With 3 Union Ministers
Every year, the rath or the chariots are made anew by the local carpenters who work hard months before the festival begins. The rath yatra in Puri attracts Hindu pilgrims from all over the world as many believe that helping in the three gods and goddesses make their journey by drawing the chariot is one of the best ways to seek their blessings. So packed is the area outside the temple that a bird’s eye view shows you only a sea of people all around and the three large chariots being drawn by them. We have for you photos of the rath yatra collected from different years of the festival that will give you a sneak peek into what the chariot festival is all about. Take a look. Also Read - Intriguing And Unexplained Mysteries of Jagannath Temple You Must Know About
1. Carpenters carving wood to make the chariots
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2. The Jagannath Temple in Puri home to the three gods and goddess
3. The grand idol of Jagannath
4. Taking out the idol to place on the chariot
5. People dressed up as gods during the Rath Yatra festival
6. A sea of pilgrims drawing the three chariots
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