History Of Rath Yatra Of Jagannath Puri
Located in Puri, Odisha, the temple of Jagannath is well-known in India as well as in the abroad. This temple is one of the four Dhams of Hindus. It is said that if you want to attain liberation, then you should definitely visit the of four Dham before you die. In Jagannath, there is a temple of Lord Krishna (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) which is thousands of years old. Here every year lakhs of people come to visit. But the main attraction of this place is Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra, which is extracted in many parts of India including Puri. The Rath Yatra of Jagannath Puri is extracted every year in the month of July for the second day of the Shukla Paksha. This year’s Rath Yatra started Sunday, June 25. The festival of Rath Yatra is of 10 days. It ends on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha. Millions of people reach here to become part of this Rath journey. Lord Krishna, his brother Balram and sister Subhadra are taken to the temple of Gundicha in the Rath. Three grand chariots (Rath) are well decorated. A lot of stories related to this Rath Yatra are popular.
Some Of The Stories Are As Follows: –
Some people say that once Subhadra comes to her mother’s house and expressed her desire to go to the city with her brother Krishna and Balram. Then all of them rode in their Rath and went to the city to roam. And since then this Rath Yatra has begun.
Apart from this, some people believe that Goddess situated in Gundicha temple is the aunt (Mausi) of Shri Krishna. Once she invites Shri Krishna, Balram and Subhadra to her house for the meal. And they all go to stay at their aunt’s house for 10 days.
Once Kansa sends a Rath from Dwarka to bring Sri Krishna, Balram, and Subhadra in Gokul. Krishna goes to Dwarka along with his brother and sister on a Rath. Since then, this Rath Yatra has started.
Some people believe that when Krishna kills his uncle (Mama) Kansa. After that, along with his brother Balram, Krishna boarded the Rath and started traveling around the city between Mathura’s people.
History Connected To Jagannath Temple:-
It is said that after the death of Shri Krishna, his body is brought to Dwarka. Then Balram gets very hurt by seeing his brother’s dead body. Balram jumps into the sea with the body of Shri Krishna. And behind them, Subhadra also jumps into the ocean. At the same time, King Indradyumna saw a dream that Lord Krishna’s dead body was floating in the ocean. He has to build a huge statue of Lord Krishna in the temple. And the angel told King in the dream, along with the statue of Krishna, wooden statue of Balram and Subhadra should also be made. And Shri Krishna’s ashes should be placed behind his statue. The king’s dream become true, he found the ashes of Shri Krishna. But now he didn’t understand how he would build such a huge statue. It is said that Lord Vishwakarma himself comes as a carpenter and making this idol. Before the work begins Vishwakarma tells the king that no one will bother me till the idol is complete, otherwise, I will leave the work in the middle. A lot of time was passed, but the work of the idol continues. The king becomes restless and one day he opened the door of the carpenter. Vishwakarma disappears, as soon as he opens the door. The construction of the idol was not complete. Then King Indradyumna sets the incomplete idol in the temple. And after the establishment of the statue, the King places the ashes of Lord Krishna behind the idol. Idols of Shri Krishna, Balram and Subhadra are changed every 12 years. The new idols that are made are left unfinished. This is the only temple of Jagannath Puri where idols of three siblings are together and their worship is also done together.
Details Of The Rath Of Jagannath Puri:-
The name of the Rath of Jagannath / Shri Krishna is Nandighosha. The height of this Rath is 45 feet; it has 16 wheels, which is 7 feet in diameter. Garuda protects this Rath and the whole Rath is decorated with red and yellow clothes.
The name of the Rath of Balram is Taladhwaja. The height of this Rath is 43 feet; it has 14 wheels. Vasudev protects this Rath and the whole Rath is decorated with red, blue and green clothes.
The name of the Rath of Subhadra is Devadalana. The height of this Rath is 42 feet; it has 12 wheels. Durga protects this Rath and the whole Rath is decorated with red, black and green clothes.