RATHA YATRA: A MESSAGE TO ALL



Once again, it’s time to deck up the small wooden ratha with flowers, fresh leaves, decorative items as Lord Jagannath along with his siblings Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra comes out of his temple abode. During the grand monsoon festival, Jagannath stays at Gundhicha Temple, a shrine built by a fervent believer. Ratha Yatra is celebrated in parts of India, but the Puri Ratha Yatra celebration stands apart for its mass participation, religious fervor, legends associated with it, leading to massive size and scale. Like all celebrations, Ratha Yatra has major cultural significance; according to religious scriptures, Ratha Yatra is the meditation to bring Krishna back into our hearts. Thus by making our hearts home of God, we get rid of lust, envy, arrogance, greed, anger, jealousy; our mind, body and soul become pure, unblemished. Hence, the purpose of this spiritual journey is to clean our mind to cultivate the character of charity, humility, love, respect, compassion to all beings.


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