Jagannath Rath Yatra is an auspicious occasion to celebrate the journey of Lord Jagannath from his temple in Puri to Gundicha Temple via the Mausi Maa Temple near the Balagandi Chaka Puri. Along with the chariot of Lord Jagannath there are the chariots of his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra. The chariots are richly adorned in beautiful wooden carvings with typical South Indian Architecture highlighting rich traditional values of religion. These deities remain at the Gundicha Temple for a period of nine days. After which they return to their original temple at Puri and the return journey is referred to as the Bahuda Jatra.
The Jagannath Rath Yatra is one of the biggest and oldest rath yatra celebrated in India and even the world over. This rath yatra has found its description in the Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, Skanda Purana and the Kapila Purana. Hence one can understand the relevance of this Jagannath yatra to be of prime importance religiously as well as economically. People from all over the country to the world gather at Puri to become a part of this memorable galore and gain the blessings from the almighty that will protect them and bring good luck for them. Pulling the chariot that drives the deities to their destination is considered to be of utmost importance for all the devotees that are gathered there. On the grounds, one can imagine a flood of people gathered to witness this grand festival. The people are from varied cultures, ethnicities and religions to harbor the good deeds and wash out the bad done by them intentionally or without their knowledge.
How to Reach Puri?
Everyone can be a part of this grandeur no matter which country, religion or culture you belong to. The only driving force for all the devotees is the trust on the almighty and the power to pull their beloved deity to their destination. One can reach Puri through:
- Air: The nearest airport is located at the Bhubaneshwar, which is about 60km from Puri.
- Train: One can reach Puri through the train as well. Puri is a terminus on the East Coast Railway that is coonected to all the major metropolitans such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad through direct and super fast trains.
- Roadways: Either book cabs or rent car from the Bhubaneshwar city and reach the holy city of Puri to witness this grand event.
Hotels in Puri
To make your trip more memorable and relax you after an entire day of hard labor of pulling your beloved deity, having an amazing hotel will be an absolutely amazing experience. You can book your hotels through the usage of the user-friendly mobile apps that will provide you with great details and affordable pricing without burning a hole in your pocket.
So guys, whats the point in waiting, lets grab this holy opportunity and become a part of this huge tradition. Lets muscle up to create some action at Puri this Jagannnath Rath Yatra!!!!