Puri Ratha Yatra Festival 2019

This season, the Ratha Yatra is scheduled happen from July 4 to July 15, which, in accordance with traditional Odia calendar, falls on the second day of Shukla Paksha of the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha.

Rath Yatra 2019- The yearly Ratha Yatra in Puri commemorates Lord Jagannath’s travel to to his birthplace, Gundicha Temple. It truly is believed that he also visits his aunt’s home with his siblings, Balabhadra and Subhadra on the special occasion.

This season, the Ratha Yatra is scheduled take place from July 4 to July 15, which, in accordance with traditional Odia calendar, falls on the second day of Shukla Paksha of the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha.

Every year, three new chariots called Nandighosha, Taladhwaja, and Devadalana are built afresh for the festival by a staff team of around 1,400 volunteering carpenters.

Once every 9 to 19 years, when the month of Ashadha is followed by another month of Ashadha (known as “double-Ashadha”), a Nabakalebar ritual occurs.

Nabakalebara , which implies ‘new body’, identifies when the wooden temple idols from the previous year are swapped over by new ones. In the past century, the ritual was accomplished in 1912, 1931, 1950, 1969, 1977, 1996, and 2015.

The new idols are comprised of neem wood from specifically selected trees. In accordance with scriptures, the tree is selected subject to its quantity of branches, shade and specific location. These are secretly carried back to Jagannath temple in wooden carts. After that a special team of carpenters was created to look after the carving process. They carve the idols inside the temple in a special manner. This practice is known as Koili Baikuntha. While the new idols are carved, Vedas sings devotional songs.

Significant ritual days and dates the particular one has to keep in mind during this year are Sri Gundicha-July 4, Hera Panchami-July 8, Bahuda Yatra-July 12, Suna Besha-July 13 and Niladri Bijaya- July 15.

In the event that one is planning to be present at the Ratha Yatra, they must be careful of the risk of getting lost in the tremendous crowd. Some safety precautions that must be taken care of are staying properly hydrated, keeping medicine kit for injuries and wearing loose, summer friendly clothes for remaining cool.

To mark this devotional occasion, Naveen Patnaik Chief Minister of Odisha shared an tweet along with a video of Ratha Yatra in his official Twitter page.

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