Jagannath Rath Yatra
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Today marks the beginning of the 12 day long Rath Yatra at the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa. Celebrated in the month of Ashada, the Yatra commemorates Jagannath (Lord Krishna) visiting Gundicha Temple, while also stopping by his maternal aunt's residence at Mausi Maa Temple.
The Jagannath Temple is home to three deities - the Lord Krishna, his sister Goddess Subhadra, and their brother Lord Balbhadra (Balarama).
The three deities (along with Lord Krishna's Sudarshan Chakra) are placed on mighty chariots that are painstakingly constructed every year. Thus begins a delightful journey to Gundicha Temple while thousands of devotees flock to pay their respects to Lord Jagannath and his siblings.
Did you know?
• Lord Jagannath chariot is called Nandighose.
• It has 16 wheels and is covered in red and yellow colours.
• It is drawn by four wooden horses - Sankha, Balahaka, Sweta and Haridaswa
• Daruka is the charioteeer and Sankhachuda is the rein.
• Goddess Subhadhra's chariot is called Darpadalana.
• It has 12 wheels and is covered in red and black colours.
• It is drawn by four wooden horses - Rochika, Mochika, Jita and Aparajita
• Subhadhra's husband, Arjun is the charioteeer and Swarnachuda is the rein.
• Lord Balbhadra's chariot is called Taladhwaja.
• It has 14 wheels and is covered in red and green colours.
• It is drawn by four wooden horses - Tibra, Ghora, Dirghasarma and Swarnanabha.
• Matali is the charioteeer and Vasuli is the rein.
Here's something interesting:
The word 'Juggernaut' is actually an English loanword and is derived from the Odia/Sanskri word Jagannath. It is believed to have been coined by the British in the mid-nineteenth century. The Car of Juggernaut (the chariot of Jagannath) is even generously mentioned in several nineteenth and twentieth century literary works.
On the special occasion of Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra, The Nestery handpicks 'The Secret God in the Forest', written by Anuradha Kumar and illustrated by Piyush Verma for Tulika Books.