After two-year hiatus, lakhs throng Puri for Jagannath Yatra

Bhubaneshwar( | After completion of Rath Yatra without devotees for two years during the pandemic, this year lakhs of devotees thronged the revered Jagannath Puri yatra of Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri on Friday. Lakhs of devotees reached Baddand to get a glimpse of the chariot of the Lord.Jagannath is seated in the form of Lord Krishna in the Jagannath temple. Every year after new moon in the month of Ashadha, his Rath Yatra is taken out. Along with Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra are also seated here. The idols of all three are made of wood. These idols are not worshipped they are kept only for the darshan of the devotees. It is believed that these idols keep changing form.

It is said that the sister of Lord Jagannath (Subhadra) expressed her desire to visit Puri. To fulfil Subhadra’s wish, Lord Jagannath along with Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra left for Puri in a chariot.First of all, Chakradhari Sudarshan, Mata Subhadra was installed on the Devdalan chariot, after that Lord Balabhadra was mounted on the Taladhwaj chariot. After the elder brother and sister became charioteers, Jagannath also rode on his chariot Nandighosh. The three Gods were mounted on their chariots according to the Pahandi tradition. Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati also was present for a darshan of the Lord on the chariots. The primordial servant of Shri Jagannathji, Gajapati Maharaj Divya Singh Dev of Puri, manages yatra symbolically. Jagannath Rath Yatra will conclude on 12th July.(HS):