Rath Yatra : One Of The Major Festival 2020

  Rath Yatra : One  Of The Major Festival 

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    The festival of RATH YATRA is one of the major festivals of India and is celebrated with much reverence and fervor throughout the country, but its grand event is held in Jagannathpuri in the state of Orissa.  Jagannathpuri temple in Puri is one of the four states of India.

          It is also one of the oldest temples in India and is worshiped by Lord Sri Krishna, Balarama and his sister Goddess Subhadra.  This rath yatra begins on the second date of Shukla Paksha of Ashada month.  On this day, a large number of devotees come from all over the country and abroad to participate in the RATH YATRA festival.

                           RATH YATRA 2020 

In the year 2020, the festival of Rath Yatra will be celebrated on Tuesday, 23 June .

         Why Do We Celebrate RATH YATRA :

According to Hindu Panchag, the festival of RATH YATRA is celebrated on the second date of the bright half of the month of Ashada.  There are many mythological and historical beliefs and stories about the origin of this festival.  According to one story, King Indradyumna lived near Nilanchal Sagar (present-day Orissa region) along with his family.

Once in the sea he was seen floating a giant wood.  The king got that wood out of the sea and seeing the beauty of that wood, he thought to make a statue of Jagdish from this wood.  He was considering that only then, as an old carpenter, Vishwakarma, the craftsman of the gods, appeared.

Vishwakarma ji, who appeared in the form of an old carpenter to make the idol of Lord Jagdish, put a condition that no one should come in the room till I make an idol in the room.  The king accepted his condition.  In today's time, where there is a temple of Sreejagannathji, that old carpenter was engaged in the construction of the idol.

The king and his family did not know that it was Vishwakarma himself, and after several days, the queen felt that the old carpenter did not die due to starvation in her room for several days.  The Queen also told this doubt to the king and when the Maharaja opened the door of the room, he did not find the old carpenter, but by him the idol of Shri Jagannath, Subhadra and Balarama, a semi-built wood was found there.

The king and queen became very sad due to this incident.  But at the same time there was a heavenly air that said, 'Do not be in vain sorrow, we want to remain in this form and make the idols consecrated with material etc.  Even today, the same semi-sculpted statues are enshrined in the Jagannathpuri temple.  All of whose devotees worship with such reverence and these idols are also included in the RATH YATRA.

 RATH YATRA was done by Sri Krishna and Balarama sitting in separate chariots with a view to fulfill the desire to visit Mata Subhadra's Dwarka.  In the memory of Mata Subhadra's city tour, this program of Rath Yatra is organized with such grandeur every year in Puri.  It is believed that a devotee who draws a chariot takes salvation by taking part in this chariot journey.

     How Do We Celebrate Custom and Tradition    
      RAth YATRA

The festival of RATH YATRA has started from Jagannath Puri itself.  After this the festival started being celebrated all over India.  At the beginning of the Jagannath Rath Yatra, the old kings' vests traditionally sweep the golden-handled broom in front of Lord Jagannath's chariot and then the chariot procession begins with a chant.

As the RATH YATRA begins,many traditional instruments are played and amidst its sound, hundreds of people pull the chariot with thick ropes.  In the forefront is the chariot of Balabhadra i.e. Balram ji.  After this, Subhadra ji's chariot starts running.  At the end people pull Jagannath ji's chariot with great reverence.  With regard to the rath yatra, it is believed that by helping to pull the chariot on this day, one attains salvation.

 For this reason, devotees are eager to pull the chariot of Lord Balabhadra, Subhadra ji and Lord Jagannath on this day.  This chariot journey of Jagannath ji is completed by reaching the Gundecha temple.  This is the place where Vishwakarma ji built all the three god idols.

 This place is considered to be the home of maternal aunt.  If no chariot is able to reach Gundecha Temple by sunset then he completes the journey the next day.  God stays in this place for a week and it is also worshiped here.  Lord Jagannath ji's return rath yatra begins on Ashada Shukla Dashami.  This chariot journey is called Bahuda Yatra.

 Tano chariots reach Jagannath temple before evening.  Where the statues are kept in a chariot for one day for the devotees to see.  The next day, the deity statues are again restored in the temple along with the chanting of mantras and this complete program of the rath yatra ends.  During this festival, fairs are also organized in many places across the country .

              RATH YATRA: Modern tradition

This festival of RATH YATRA is quite ancient and has been celebrated all over India for a long time.  It has always been a mark of reverence for the people, this is the reason that on this day a large number of devotees come from far and wide to Puri to draw the chariot of Lord Jagannath.

 Earlier, due to lack of resources, most of the far-flung devotees could not reach this holy festival of Rath Yatra.  But present-day technological development has also made its format grand.  But due to this many accidents are also seen because now it has become very easy to reach Puri due to the means of travel.
Due to which huge number of devotees started coming to this festival and during the chariot journey in extreme crowds, many devotees are injured and crushed during the rope grab.  Many times many people also die due to stampede situation.  Such things serve to create negativity in this holy festival.  Therefore, in this festival of RATH YATRA, security arrangements need to be made even better so that in the coming future, it continues to give the message of reverence to people in this way.


                  Significance of  RATH YATRA

The ten-day RATH YATRA is one of the major festivals in India.  It has played a very important place in the history of India.  According to the Puranas and religious texts, the Rath Yatra of Jagannath, the incarnation of Lord Krishna, is equal to a hundred yagyas.  This is the reason that during this rath yatra, a large number of devotees are present in various rath yatras across the country and in Puri, its most important place, there is a huge crowd of devotees on this day.

 On this day, the devotees bear all the sufferings and try to pull the rope of Lord Jagannath's chariot and pray to God to remove their sufferings and sufferings.  In fact, this festival serves to convince us of the importance of devotion and reverence.

           RATH YATRA  places : famous RATH YATRA

By the way, Rath Yatra programs are organized at many places in the country and abroad.  But some of these rath yatras are such, which is quite famous all over the world.
 Rath Yatra to be organized in Jagannathpuri, Odisha
 Mahesh Rath Yatra to be held in Hooghly, West Bengal
 Rath Yatra to be held at Rajbalhat in West Bengal
 Rath Yatra to be held in New York City, USA

                        History of RATH YATRA

This festival of Rath Yatra is celebrated with great pomp across India on the second date of Shukla Paksha of Ashadh month.  There is no specific information about how and when it originated, but it is believed that it is one of the oldest festivals in India.

 RATH YATRA is celebrated all over the country on the second date of Shukla Paksha of Ashada month and during this time fairs and plays are also organized at various places.  Of these, a large number of devotees take part in the chariot trips to places like Puri, Hooghly.

 The history of this festival of RATH YATRA in Puri is quite ancient and it was started by the Ganga Dynasty in 1150 AD.  This was the festival, which became famous all over India under the name of Puri's Rath Yatra.  With this, it was the first Indian festival in the western world, about which foreign people got information.  Famous travelers like Marco Polo have also described in their accounts about this festival.

                                    Wishing  you
                             HAPPY RATH YATRA

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