Rath Yatra – The Chariot Procession of Divine
India is a place where mystery and mystical happenings occurs every day. Today is a very special day in the nation. People celebrate this day as Rath Yatra or Ashadha Shukla Dwitiya. For centuries this spiritual procession has been wholeheartedly celebrated across India.
The chariot procession of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra starts from Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha. And the devotees of trinity enjoy this holy journey dancing and singing Kirtans and Bhajans. Moreover, there are some trained athletes who perform different stunts in order to make pilgrimage more joyous.
‘Rath’ means a chariot and ‘Yatra’ means a pilgrimage or a journey. In India, this holy and pure chariot procession is celebrated in almost all the major cities such as Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Dwarka, Dakor, Rajkot, Mumbai, and the cities.
In Ahmedabad, 140th Rath Yatra is going to start today from Jagannath temple. It passes through every corner of the city and people welcome it with pious hearts. The devotees shout and cheer. They sprinkle colors on each others. They also sprinkle water. During this whole pilgrimage, visitors receive holy food – ‘prasada’. The holy food contains row grains and soft drinks like buttermilk.
The main ritual associated with this procession is Chhera Pahara. In this process, the Gajapati King wears sweeper’s outfits and sweeps the road with a golden handle broom and sandalwood water. Before the chariot comes, Gajapati cleans road. The procession is arranged in order to take the deities to Mausi Maa temple.
Now-a-days, this procession has become very enjoying. People wear colorful and traditional clothes and perform dance with DJ. There are other cities of foreign countries like New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Moscow, Toronto, Manchester, Singapore, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and others celebrate Rath Yatra. People love to celebrate holy festivals all over the world in order to feel more joyous and relaxed.
So, enjoy the chariot procession in your city and indulge into piousness!