Puri: The holy city of Odisha, Puri is all set to celebrate the world-famous festival ‘Rath Yatra’ on Friday, 1st July 2022. Lord Jagannath and his siblings are celebrated every year with great joy and enthusiasm.
The journey of the holy trinity to visit Gundicha Temple begins today as Lord Jagannath, elder brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra in their chariots Nandighosha, Taladhwaja, and Devadalana respectively move towards their destination.
Odisha government has made top-notch arrangements to conduct the festival smoothly.
- Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra reach Gundicha Temple.
- Lord Jagannath’s Nandighosa chariot begins its journey to Gundicha Temple.
- Lord Balabhadra’s ‘Taladhwaja’ starts rolling on Badadanda.
- Devi Subhadra’s ‘Darpadalana’ starts rolling on Puri Badadanda.
- Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reaches Puri to witness Ratha Yatra.
- Lord Balabhadra’s ‘Taladhwaja’ starts rolling on Puri Badadanda.
- Chariot pulling begins.
- Gajapati Maharaja performs Chhera Panhara on Lord Jagannath’s chariot
- Gajapati Maharaja performs Chhera Panhara atop Lord Balabhadra’s chariot.
- Puri Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati offers prayer to deities on all 3 chariots.
- Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb reaches near the chariots to perform the Chhera Pahanra rituals.
- Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb comes from the Raja Nahara to perform his duty as the first servitor of Lord Jagannath.
- The “Chita Lagi” ritual of the holy trinity is completed on the chariots
- Lord Jagannath and his siblings were seated on their respective chariots after the ‘Pahandi Bije’ ritual.
- The participation of devotees in the Rath Yatra has been allowed this year after a gap of two years following the Covid-19 pandemic.