Monday, 7 July 2014

Rath Yatra

Last week, I posted about Ratha Jatra Puri.


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 Today is "Bahuda Jatra" i.e. Return Journey.

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On Pic in Odia Language- "Today the Gods will return"

On Bahuda Yatra, the three Gods return to their abode- the Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri after a nine day long outing.

On Rath Yatra day, the siblings set out on their Raths i.e. chariots to their aunt's place.

A sea of humanity greets them!

Devotees wait to lay their eyes upon the deities and to pull their chariots...




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The Rath Yatra is a centuries old festival that is still celebrated in Puri, Odisha, India and also all over the world.


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Rare Map of Odisha that shows the Jagannath Pagoda



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1820 Painting of Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, India


The siblings happily set out of the Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri to visit their aunt who lives three kilometres away.













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Lord Jagannath on the way to His Chariot
The deities go to the Shree Gundicha Temple where the devotees visit them...




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Shree Gundicha Temple

 On the day of the Bahuda Yatra, they return to their abode in the same Raths.
  


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Return Journey

The devotees throng and the event is celebrated with traditional fervor.

Here are some images of the Rath Yatra festivities:

The pics are a visual treat!

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Heartiest Wishes for Rath Yatra

 
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Notice - This devotee is dressed as Lord Hanuman


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From L to R- Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, Lord Jagannath in their ritual dress




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Adapa Mandap Abhada - Prasad





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Lord Jagannath on His Chariot Nandighosha

























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The King of Puri - Puri Gajapati on the way to perform his traditional duty- "Chhera Pahanra"










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Successful completion of the Bahuda Yatra





















No festivity in Odisha is complete without the sweets - Rasagolas!

As per the rituals, the deities are offered Rasagolas.


















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Sweet Rasagolas. Did you know that Rasagolas originated in Odisha, India?





































They also get a taste of Poda Pitha.







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A Devotee prepares Poda Pitha for Lord Jagannath



The following is a digital Rath Yatra by a Manipuri artist.




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In Lighter Vein! Cartoon that illustrates Technology at Rath Yatra!





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1994 Vs. 2014!

There is a postal stamp of India commemorating Rath Yatra:
 










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Now over to some images of Rath Yatra celebrations in other cities of India & abroad:


Cuttack, Odisha:

 


















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Bangalore, Karnataka:
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Aurangabad, Maharashtra:

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Udaipur, Rajasthan:

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Ludhiana, Punjab:

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Delhi, India:


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Nairobi, Kenya:







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Russia:

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Krasnodar, Russia :


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Toronto, Canada:





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Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, USA:
















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For MORE PICS & Visual treat do check out my Post- 
RATHA JATRA PURI!
You can also read my Post- SUNA BESA & get treated to the Gods in Gold!

We wait for next year's Ratha Jatra & Bahuda Jatra now...

Next year is special as there will be the "Nabakalebara" celebrations in which the Gods will attain new bodies, after a gap of 19 years.

In case you are yet to visit Odisha, India, do plan your trip & book your tickets for 2015.


All pics are courtesy Twitter- @PuriWaves & @BBSRBuzz & their contributors.
Thanks all for sharing!

25 comments:

  1. Exelent photo blog. Thanks Anita ji for sharing. Kudos.

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    1. Lovely to get your inaugural comment on my Blog!
      Thanks a lot. Pics are thanks to all who shared such wonderful photos :)

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  2. Wooo!!! that's really fantastic pics actually :)

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    1. Yes indeed, Karanvir. The pics are so lovely that I had to share them :)

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  3. Magnificent! Thank you for sharing this wonderful celebration that is honored by so many people in so many places. I would love to go to Puri Odisha to see the celebration.

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    1. Thanks Susan! It's my pleasure. Glad you liked it :)
      You are most welcome to visit Odisha, India!

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  4. Amazing pictures! Thanks so much for giving us this fabulous visual tour of this very special festival. If the Lord wishes may be someday I can experience this great event.

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    1. Thanks Beloo :) I loved to share these pics! Delighted that you liked them :)
      That's 1 point- The Lord has to call us... Hope you get your invitation soon :)

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  5. oh my god as the amount of peopleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee .. .
    beautiful pcitures and the sweets are yummmy

    Bikram

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    1. Yes, Bikram a sea of humanity!
      Next year, in 2015, the number of visitors to Puri, Odisha will skyrocket owing to the rare auspicious event of Nabakalebar that'll be celebrated :)
      Do visit Odisha for heavenly food, sumptuous treats & sweets!

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  6. nic pic blog .. btw please dont hate me for this because i'm saying this second time but i strongly feels visual impact of a blog counts in good blog .. so you seriously need to adjust the width of pic accurately .. some pic overlapping the sidebar .. get the img css done in proper way or choose medium in image view !

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Ankur. Much appreciated :)
      Yes, pic size & visual appeal counts a lot.
      The post appears fine in my computer/laptop. Need to check in Mobile Phone...
      Will take care.

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    2. i was talking about appearance on laptop too .. see this screen shot [url=http://postimg.org/image/f3c2xsgy3/][img]http://s17.postimg.org/f3c2xsgy3/bgg.jpg[/img][/url]

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    3. http://s17.postimg.org/wgmdcnc9b/bgg.jpg

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    4. Grateful for your feedback! Please do let me know in the future too :)
      Hope there are no pic issues with the latest Oman Travel post of mine.
      Thanks, Ankur :)

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    5. Wow! You shared the screenshot for me, Ankur! Thanks a lot!
      Yes, even I can see that the right panel overlaps with the same pic. However, it's a bit on the right-hand-side & the main Chariots & Temple are not obstructed.
      Will take care in the future to have max XL- sized pics as the Original Sizes are too big to be accommodated without overlap...
      Thankfully, the rest of the pics are fine as there is nothing on the right panel to interfere with them! :)

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  7. I have heard about Puri...it is a wonderful sacred place. Beautiful images you have shared...thank you!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, Uma, Puri is God's land. Do plan a visit some time soon :)

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  8. That was a lovely photo post Anita. Enjoyed it :)

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  9. Great collection of awesome pictures Anita! thanks for this visual treat :) TC! Keep smiling :)

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    1. My pleasure, Sindhu! Thanks :)

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  10. Nice set of pics.
    I got one old doubt and so putting here.
    Reg the plantain leaf: What is the way putting the leaf? Whether the narrow side is towards left or the broad side towards left? As I know, the broad side remains towards left while taking food. But I asked some of my friends from different dists and they told that they used to keep the narrow side towards left.
    Do you have any idea as to why there is the difference or it is just a practice?

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    1. Thanks Ashish. Credit to all the photographers & all those who shared :)

      Yes, many are very particular about the how the leaf is served.
      The narrow side is towards the left, while the broader edge is on the right.
      This makes sense for right-handed people. We can serve more items if the right-hand-side of the leaf is wider.
      While in comparison, the narrower edge can't have more items & it's better to put it to our left.
      I feel - the reason of the difference is convenience.

      Will check with our gaon-purohit & let you know his views.

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    2. This was point told by one of my friend from Puri area. But in so many villages of Khordha area, it is just different. As they say, broader side to be towards left so that more amount of rice can be served. Ok, u check with purohit and let us know.

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