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Importance of Darshan of Bamana during Puri Rath Yatra

It is believed that having darshan of Bamana (Vamana murti) atop the Jagannath chariot will help a devotee achieve liberation from cycle of birth and death.

There is a famous quote about the darshan of Bamana during Rath Yatra
Rathe tu vamanam drshtiva punarjanmam na vidyate
रथे तू वामनं दृष्टिवा पुनर्जन्मम न विद्यते 
Each of the three chariots in the Puri Rath Yatra has presiding deities.

Bamana is found in the chariot of Jagannath along with other eight deities, which includes Varaha, Gobardhan, Gopi Krishna, Narasimha, Rama, Narayan, Hanuman and Rudra.

The nine presiding deities in the chariot of Balabhadra are Ganesha, Kartikeya, Sarvamangala, Pralambari, Hatayudha, Mrutyunjaya, Natamvara, Mukteswar, and Shesha deva.

The nine presiding deities in the chariot of Subhadra are Chandi, Chamunda, Ugratara, Vanadurga, Shulidurga, Varahi, Shyamakali, Mangala and Vimala.

The annual Ratha Yatra held on the second day of waxing phase of moon in the Ashada month (June – July) is known as Gundicha Yatra, Ghosa Yatra, Navadina Yatra and Dashavatara Yatra. It is also known by other names.

The preparation for the annual Rath Yatra begins on the Basant Panchami day (January – February).
The most important aspect of Puri Rath Yatra is that the presiding deities come out of the sanctum to take part in the yatra. This does not happen in most important Hindu temples in the world.

You can know all about Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra in this earlier article.