Rath Yatra 2018: An insight about Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra’s chariots

The world famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, his sister Goddess Subhadra and elder brother Balabhadra started with grand celebration in Puri on Saturday. Also known as Festival of Chariots, Rath Yatra begins every year on the auspicious day of Ashadh Shukla Dwitiya. Rath Yatra is one of the most awaited Hindu festivals celebrated in Odisha’s coastal city Puri. On this day, Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra pay visit to their ‘mausi maa’ at Gundicha Temple. The yatra begins from Jagannath Temple and each deity have one chariot for the journey. Lord Jagannath travels in Nandighosha, Goddess Subhadra in Taladhwaja and Lord Balabhadra in Devadalana chariot. Pulled by hundreds of devotees by big ropes, these chariots take hours and even days to reach the destination. Rath Yatra is celebrated across 10 days and devotees are blessed to view ten incarnations (Dasavatar) of Lord throughout these days.

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