Today Puri Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath will be taken out. All the preparations have been completed regarding this. The entire district administration has imposed a ban on the three-km-long Grand Road between Shree Jagannath Temple to Shree Gundicha Mandir, where all activities except medical emergencies will remain prohibited. In view of the current situation of Corona epidemic, at least 65 squads have been deployed for smooth conduct of this annual religious event. Each squad consists of 30 jawans.
Jagannath Puri Dham of Orissa is popular not only in India but all over the world. Especially in this Dham, every year crores of devotees come from far and wide to see Lord Jagannath. It is believed that pulling a huge chariot of Lord Jagannath during the yatra brings good luck to his devotees. But this year the event has been shortened due to the Corona pandemic. Let us inform that Jagannath Rath Yatra is starting from today, which will end on July 20 on Devshayani Ekadashi.
Know what is the importance of this journey
According to the Hindu calendar, there is a law to take out Jagannath Rath Yatra every year on the second date of Shukla Paksha of Ashadh month. It is a religious belief that just by the sight of this Rath Yatra one gets freedom from all sins and salvation is attained after death. The chariots leave the Jagannath Dham of Puri and go to Gundicha Bari, 3 km away, where Lord Jagannath rests for seven days and returns home on the date of Ekadashi. It is said that the devotee who pulls the chariot with reverence, gets the result of a hundred sacrifices.
Know what is the history of Rath Yatra
It is said that on the day of Snan Purnima i.e. Jyeshtha Purnima, the Nath of the world, Shri Jagannath Puri, has a birthday. On this day Lord Jagannath along with elder brother Balarama and sister Subhadra is taken down from the Ratna throne and taken to the bathing pavilion near the temple. After this, he takes a royal bath with 108 urns. It is also believed that by taking this bath the Lord becomes ill and he gets fever. After this they are kept in a special room for 15 days. In these 15 days no one can see him except the chief servants and Vaidyas of the temple. Devotees can have darshan after 15 days.
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