The Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath is organized on the second day of The Shukla Paksha of the Ashadha month. This year, the day falls on July 4. On this day, the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath is performed at Puri in Odisha and Dwarka Puri in Gujarat with great fanfare. Not only that, the grand rath yatras are now taken out by the devotees of Lord Jagannath all over the country, but the grandeur and beauty of the Rath Yatras of Puri and Dwarka is unpalatable. The yatra lasts for about 3 days, where people come from far and wide.
Rath Yatra is a festival in which Lord Jagannath himself walks in and comes to the people and becomes a partoficipatory of happiness and sorrow. The prasad of Lord Srijgannathji is considered as Mahaprasad which is attended by devotees. All devotees are extremely impatient. It is believed that Shrijgannathji's prasad was given the form of Mahaprasad by Shri Ballbhacharyaji, the great lord.
Rath Yatra festival boosts devotees' enthusiasm
During the Rath Yatra festival, devotees are worshipped as devotees are being dragged not by horses or other animals on the chariot that God rides on. In Puri, Shri Jagdish Bhagwan is taken to visit the family by embarking on a huge chariot and then on his return to the place.
The virtue of the Rath Yatra is equal to a hundred sacrificial fires.
The virtue of the Rath Yatra of Lord Krishna's incarnation 'Jagannath' is considered to be equivalent to a hundred sacrificial fires. Preparations for the Yatra begin with the construction of chariots of Srikrishna, Balram and Subhadra on the day of Akshay Tritiya. Jagannath Ji's chariot is called 'Garudadhwaj' or 'Kapildhwaj'. The flag on the chariot is called 'Tralokyamohini' or 'Nandi Ghosh' Rath. Balram Ji's chariot is known as 'TalDhwaj'. The flag of the chariot is called 'Unani'. The rope from which the chariot is drawn is called 'Vasuki'. The chariot of Subhadra is called PadmaDhwaj. The chariot flag is called 'Nadambik'. The rope that pulls it is called the golden crumb.