Rath Yatra

Serving with love

Rath Yatra is perhaps the longest-celebrated festival of India, spanning 10 days. Come July 12 and millions of devotees will once again throng Gundicha Temple to witness Bahuda Yatra, which marks the conclusion of the festival. Bahuda Yatra, the return journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord...

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Lord’s yatra pulls crowd from abroad

Puri: Several people from different parts of the globe were seen thronging the Pilgrim town of Puri Thursday to enthusiastically participate in the annual Rath Yatra of the Srimandir deities. While the Badadanda (Grand Road) of the coastal city was packed with pilgrims, several foreigners...

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Rangoli leaves devotees awestruck

Puri: Intrinsic, immaculate and alluring were few of the many words described by the visitors who were mesmerised by the colourful Rangoli that adorned Bada Danda ahead of the Puri Rath Yatra. Made with a plethora of colours, the Rangoli emanated brilliance with its aesthetically-pleasing...

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A unique Rath Yatra

About 50 km from Berhampur in the valley of Mahendragiri is situated Jarada Gada, an erstwhile feudatory state of undivided Ganjam district. According to Dr Prafulla Chandra Mohanty, retired principal, Ganjam College, the valley was inhabited by tribals of the Saura community. In 1440, Veer...

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Lord in British style abode

In the name of Lord Jagannath, a temple was built by the then King Dayanidhi Singh at Narsinghpur in Cuttack district in 1686. Legend has it that the king had helped Puri Gajapati in the battle of ‘Kujanga’. Pleased by this, the Gajapati gave the...

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She breaks male hegemony

The worship of Mahalakshmi in Jagannath culture holds a lot of significance for devotees who revered her with equal admiration and devotion as they have for the Trinity in the Puri Srimandir. Mahalakshmi is worshipped as the consort of Lord Jagannath in the Lakshmi temple...

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Guardian of temple riches

Lokanath temple lying to the west of the holy town of Puri is another destination of devotees next to Sri Jagannath temple. Though the presiding deity here is Lord Shiva, the temple has intrinsic connections with Jagannath temple. The Lokanath temple, about 2 km from...

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Lord in warrior attire

The tradition and rituals of Srimandir, the abode of Lord Jagannath, are unique among all religious institutions in the country. The servitors of the 12th century shrine perform several routine as well as special rituals in keeping with the tradition of Srimandir. Nagarjuna Besha of...

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