Rath Yatra this year is being conducted with participation of devotees. For past two years , devotees were not allowed in view of the COVID19 pandemic. Here are some images of how Rath Yatra looked like then and now.
Lakhs throng Badadanda to witness the annual Rath Yatra of the Holy Trinity. Here are some telling pictures from the grand event..
Jagannath is the Lord of the Universe. People find innovative and unique ways to show their devotion & offer worship to Him. A devotee from Balabhadrapur village under Niali Block of Cuttack district has come up with this unique idea.
A bow to the lord and then off he goes.
Amid religious fervour, Holy siblings Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Mahaprabhu Jagannath embarked on a nine-day sojourn today.
Lord Jagannath’s Nandighosha chariot begins its journey towards Gundicha Temple. Ratha Jatra is being conducted without devotees this year like the previous year.
Amid the beating of cymbals and bells, the pulling of the three gigantic chariots of the Holy Trinity begins in Puri - the abode of Lord Jagannath.
After the Holy Trinity was placed on the chariots, Puri King Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb conducted the ‘Chhera Panhara’ rituals with a golden broom on the chariots.
Pahandi rituals of the Holy Trinity concluded after the deities were ushered out of the Srimandir and placed on their respective chariots.
Lord Jagannath was taken to His chariot in Pahandi ritual after Lord Balabhadra & Goddess Subhadra.
'Pahandi Bije' of the Holy Trinity begins; Lord Jagannath & His siblings will be taken to the chariots in 'Dhadi Pahandi'
On the eve of Rath Yatra, acclaimed sand artist and Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik sculpted the biggest 3D sand art of Lord Jagannath's chariot (Nandighosa) at Puri sea beach in Odisha. The sand sculpture is 43.2 feet long and 35 feet wide.
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday (July 6) rejected all petitions seeking permission to hold Rath Yatra in other Jagannath temples of Odisha except the Puri Srimandir. The Apex Court held that Odisha Government has taken a considered decision keeping in mind the current second wave of the Covid-19.
This year too, Deba Snana Purnima of the Holy Trinity will be held without devotees at Puri. In view of the grim pandemic situation and extension of curbs by the state government, Deba Snana Purnima, the ritualistic bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannath and His siblings on June 24 will be observed sans devotees like last year. SJTA (Shree Jagannath Temple Administration) chief Krishan Kumar informed that Puri Srimandir will remain out of bounds for devotees till July 25th and a decision regarding allowing devotees for darshan would be taken after Rath Yatra.