Rath Yatra 2019: PM Modi, President Kovind, Amit Shah extend greetings

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 04 July 2019, 10:35 AM
Jagannath Yatra is one of the most awaited festivals of Odisha dedicated to Lord Jagganath. (File Photo)
Jagannath Yatra is one of the most awaited festivals of Odisha dedicated to Lord Jagganath. (File Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings on the auspicious occasion of Jagannath Yatra widely knowns as the ‘Festival of Chariots‘. PM Modi tweeted-

“Best wishes to everyone on the special occasion of the Rath Yatra. We pray to Lord Jagannath and seek his blessings for the good health, happiness and prosperity of everyone. Jai Jagannath.”

Wishing the countrymen prosperity happiness and peace, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted-

Earlier, in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah offered prayers at the Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Shah said-

“Good wishes to all the citizens on the holy occasion of Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra. Mahaprabhu Jagannath brought happiness, prosperity and good fortune to everyone's life.”

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also took to Twitter and shared the pictures of Rath Yatra celebrations-

Jagannath Yatra is one of the most awaited festivals of Odisha dedicated to Lord Jagganath, his sister Goddess Subhadra and elder brother Balabhadra.  

The festival basically is celebrated to commemorate Jagannath’s visit to Gundicha Temple through Mausi Maa temple in Puri. The term 'Rath Yatra' means a ride on a chariot. Through this yatra, Lord Krishna, the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu on earth is worshipped as Jagannath.

On brand new chariots, the deity forms of Lord Jagannath Balabhadra and Subhadra are decorated and then the yatra is conducted from Jagannath temple to Gudicha temple covering a distance of almost 2.5 km. The chariots are known as Nandighosha, Taladhwaja, and Devadalana respectively

The festival is celebrated during Ashadh Shukla Dwitiya and it rains every year during this time of the year.

The Lord rests for 9 days at the Gundicha temple and then returns to the Jagannath temple with just one stop in between. Lord returns backv only after having his favourite sweet, Poda Pitha which is a special kind of pancake famous in Odisha.

It was in the year 1975 that Nandini Satpathy, who was the then Chief Minister of Odisha, had started the tradition of pulling of Devi Subhadra’s chariot exclusively by women devotees.

First Published: Thursday, July 04, 2019 10:33 AM
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