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Jagannath Rath Yatra

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Context: Supreme Court stays this year’s Puri Rath Yatra due to COVID-19 pandemic

What is Jagannath Rath Yatra?

  • The Rath Yatra, or the Chariot festival, is a 10-12-day annual celebration during which Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are taken in chariots to stay in the Gundicha Temple, 3 km away from the Jagannath temple, for nine days.
  • Gundicha is believed to be the queen of King Indradyumna (the maker of Jagannath temple). The procession of the three chariots from Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple is called
  • New chariots, the main attraction of the festival, are handcrafted every year, preparations for which begin at least two to three months in advance. Instead of metal or stone, they are carefully crafted with wood, cloth, and resin.
  • At the end of the festival, the raths are dismantled and the wood is used as fuel in temple kitchens.
  • Jagannath Temple in Puri is approximately 60 km away from Bhubaneswar. It was built in 12th century AD by Chodaganga Deva of the Ganga dynasty.
  • The presiding deity is Lord Jagannath, along with his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. The temple also has statues of deities Sudarshan, Madhaba, Sridevi and Jagannath is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Hindu mythology.


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