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Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019 begins in Puri: Get ready to immerse into the iconic festival

Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019: This year the Yatra is set to take place from July 4 to July 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished people and said it was a special occasion.

The pilgrimage centre Puri seems to be coloured with divinity as Jagannath Rath Yatra festival begins today. This entire nine-day rath yatra is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, and lakhs of people converge at the Jagannath Temple to witness this holy celebration.

This year, the Ratha Yatra will take place from July 4 to July 15, which, according to traditional Odia calendar, falls on the second day of Shukla Paksha of the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha.

The yatra is three kilometres long, and Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra are seen riding three wooden chariots. It commemorates the annual visit of Lord Jagannath, sister Subhadra and elder brother Balabhadra to his birthplace and aunt’s home, Gundich Temple.

Once every nineteen to nine years, when the month of Ashada is followed by yet another month of Ashada, which is also known as double Ashadha, the special Nabakalebar ritual is organized. In this wooden idols are replaced with the new ones.

The Mangala arati was conducted today at 6 am, and mailama took place at 6:10 am. After the completion of Chera Panhara and other rituals, the pulling of chariots will start at 4 pm.

Narendra Modi, the honourable Prime Minister, wished people on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra. He tweeted and said” Best wishes to everyone on the special occasion of Rath Yatra.” President Ram Nath Kovind also greeted the people on this occasion by wishing the fellow citizens lots of prosperity and good wishes.

Puri Rath Yatra is one of the oldest festivals that is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Odhisa. This festival is even older than it’s presence in Padma Purana, Brahma Purana and Skanda Purana.

More than 4-5 lakh pilgrims flock in to get a glimpse of the idols in the chariot. The huge procession walks follow the chariots playing devotional songs, trumpets and drums to make the affair even more vibrant.

The Ratha carts are approximately 45 feet high, and thousands of congregate pull it at Puri on this auspicious event.

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