Rath Yatra, the 'Chariot Festival,' is a grand Hindu event celebrated predominantly in Puri, Odisha. A divine saga of faith and devotion unfolds here.
The massive wooden chariots for the three deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra, are meticulously constructed each year.
It's the day of 'Chhera Pahara,' where the King of Puri sweeps the Chariots, symbolizing that all are equal in the eyes of Lord Jagannath
Once the chariots are ready, the 'Pahandi Vijay' ceremony starts. The idols are moved from the main temple to their respective chariots.
During their stay, 'Hera Panchami' is celebrated, representing Goddess Lakshmi’s concern for her husband Lord Jagannath's absence.
Suna Besha or 'Golden Attire,' sees the deities adorned in stunning golden ornaments, attracting devotees for their divine splendo
'Bahuda Yatra,' the return journey of the deities from Gundicha Temple to Jagannath Temple.
'Niladri Bije,' signifies the return of the deities to their original place inside the Jagannath Temple
Devotees pull the holy chariots, displaying an ocean of human dedication and belief towards the divine.
Amidst the spiritual fervor, the town of Puri transforms into a vibrant tapestry of colors, aromas, and sounds
The Reptile Park is home to 27 species of reptiles, including crocodiles, lizards, turtles, and snakes.
As Rath Yatra concludes, devotees leave with a renewed spirit, anticipating the divine journey next year. A true testament to faith.