Jagannath Rath Yatra 2023: Check Out Gorgeous Pics And Videos As The 146th Yatra Begins Today

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Jagannath Rath Yatra 2023: Check Out Gorgeous Pics And Videos As The 146th Yatra Begins Today

Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, also known as the chariot festival, began today with great enthusiasm and pomp. The chariot festival of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Balabhadra is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India. The celebrations every year take place in Odisha’s Puri, where the revered Jagannath temple is situated. Check out these gorgeous pictures and videos from the festival. 

Pictures And Videos From Jagannath Rath Yatra 2023

Jagannath Rath Yatra is an important festival that is celebrated every year on the second day of Shukla Paksha. This beautiful festival symbolises Lord Jagannath’s journey from Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple. 

The festivities began this morning at 9:30am with “Pahandi”. It is a royal ritual in which several devotees beat Kahali, Ganta, and Telinga Baja, beginning the journey of these deities into the world. The three deities are taken to the Gundicha temple in three different chariots, which are pulled by devotees. 

People in large numbers have gathered across the route and the temple to witness the beauty of the Rath Yatra, this year. The yatra symbolises the devotion and unity of people from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and cultures too. 

Well-known sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik commemorated this festival with a beautiful sand art piece using 250 coconuts on the Puri beach in Odisha. 

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A Famous Festival Dedicated To Lord Vishnu

The festival of chariots, or Jagannath Rath Yatra, means the journey of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Balabhadra to Gundicha temple, where they will reside for the next 8 days. 

According to a popular legend, the Jagannath temple in Puri was built by King Indrayumna. The idols present inside the temple were made by Lord Vishwakarma. But he had agreed to make the idols on the condition that he would make them behind closed doors and that no one should walk inside until he completed making them. 

But King Indrayumna gets curious and opens the door. Lord Vishwakarma leaves the place there and leaves the idols incomplete. The idols of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Balabhadra have been worshipped in their incomplete form since then.  

Lord Jagannath had promised King Indrayumna’s wife, Queen Gundicha, that the three deities would visit the Gundicha temple every year for eight days in their chariots. 

Every year, lakhs of devotees visit Puri to witness this yatra. It is known to be significant for people in search of salvation or moksha. 

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Have you ever witnessed this yatra? Let us know your experience.

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