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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 2018 is on July 14. 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 p…