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Puri Rath Yatra

Ratha Yatra (chariot festival) at the PuriJagannathTemple is more than five thousand years old and millions of pilgrims attend the festival and to pull the three new huge chariots that are built each year. Puri Rath Yatra 2016 is on July 6. Carpenters begins the construction of the three chariots (Rath) on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The chariots carry Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra on the Rath Yatra day to the GundichaTemple, which is around 2 miles away from the PuriJagannathTemple.

In PuriJagannathTemple, Lord Krishna is worshipped as ‘Jagannath’ meaning ‘master of the universe.’ Balabhadra is the elder brother of Lord Krishna and Subhadra is his younger sister.

The Rath Yatra festival is spread over a month and several rituals take place during this period. The Snana Yatra or Bathing Festival will take place on the full moon day in the month of Jyestha (May – June). On this day, the deities – Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra – are bathed in one hundred and eight pi…

Quote for the day – Kabir Das

The average man of the world goes about his daily life not knowing that subconsciously he is seeking the Absolute Truth, the Beloved in the jiva. The mind-body equipment of man contains this Beloved, yet he seeks for it everywhere else but within. The musk deer attracted by its own scent searches for it in the woods. Little does it know that in its body is the source of this fragrance. Kabir Das

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