In India festival are celebrated almost all the 12 months. Every festival has its own beautiful ritual and way of celebration. Festivals are celebrated on a mass level and with different beliefs. And one of the mass level festivals is Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra. With respect to the sacred belief, there is a holy story which makes it an integral part of Indian culture.
What is Jagannath Rath Yatra…
The literal meaning of Jagannath is “lord of the world“. And this is also believed as the form of Hindu gods Krishna/Vishnu/ Rama worshipped in Odisha. This famous rath yatra happens in almost every place of India but the most famous one is of Odisha and Udaipur. This rath yatra attracts a large amount of tourism and people from different country joins this festival.
Why the Rath Yatra is celebrated…
The reason for the celebration of Jagannath Rath Yatra has a very beautiful story. Lord Jagannath is not worshiped with his spouse, he is worshiped with his sibling; brother Balabhadra and his younger sister Subhadra -accompanied by the Sudarshana Chakra.
The lords are not made from metal or stone, but with wood, resign and cloth. And that is why they are carved again & again. Also, they do not have a full body only head is there so, the remaining body is carved with gold during this festival. And to celebrate the death and reborn of the lords this festival is celebrated.
It starts when the extra month (adhik maas) is meant to align the Hindu lunar calendar to the solar cycle, and hence these extra days make a new month. Every year, in this month, when the summer is at its peak, the deity and his siblings step out to bathe in public, unable to bear the heat inside the temple. And this is how it begins.
After that, the lords take bath from 108 pots and after that, it is believed they fall sick and are kept in a recovery chamber called anasar ghar. And after the recovery, they wish to visit the home of their mother’s sister to temple Gundicha. And the deities go on their giant chariot wheel to that place.
The chariots of the deities are newly built every year. Chariots are named; Jagannath’s chariot is called Nandighosa, the chariot of Balabhadra is called Taladhwaja and that of Subhadra is called Dwarpadalana. The mass level of a gathering of people can be seen in this yatra.
The sacred belief is that by attending the whole journey, you will feel the presence of lords and will be blessed with happiness and prosperity.