Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra 2021: One of the Saptapuris of ancient India, Shri Jagannath Puri Dham is also known as Purushottam Puri, Shankh Kshetra, Shrikshetra among people who believe in Hinduism. Like every year in Puri, Odisha, this year also the world famous Puri Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath is going to leave from 3 pm on the second date of Shukla Paksha of Ashadh month i.e. 12 July 2021. The journey starts from Puri to Gundicha. Jagannath Rath Yatra is also known as Gundicha Yatra, Patitpavan Yatra, Janakpuri Yatra, Ghosh Yatra, Navday Yatra and Dashavatar Yatra. In this Rath Yatra, the chariot of Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Balarama and sister Subhadra is taken out. Which is taken out from the Jagannath temple of Puri with complete law. Describing the glory of Rath Yatra in Hinduism, Jagannath Dham has also been called Vaikunth on earth. Let us know the religious and mythological significance of Jagannath Rath Yatra.
The Jagannath temple located at Puri Dham in the state of Odisha is mentioned in the Skanda Purana along with other Hindu religious texts. The belief of Hinduism is that in the temple of Lord Jagannath in Puri Dham, Shri Krishna is seated with his sister Subhadra and elder brother Balabhadra or Balarama. In this holy temple the idols made of wood of these three i.e. Lord Jagannath, his sister Subhadra and elder brother Balabhadra are established. These idols are changed every 12 years according to the earlier traditions.
Describing the importance of Jagannath Rath Yatra in Skanda Purana, it has been said that the devotee who joins this Rath Yatra every year comes to Gundicha Nagar. The grace of Lord Jagannath showers on him. All his sins are destroyed. Along with this, they get the blessings of attainment of salvation after death.
It is a religious belief that by participating in the Jagannath Rath Yatra, devotees attain virtue equal to 100 yagyas. Along with this, the devotee enjoys all the worldly pleasures.
It is believed that by having darshan of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra in Gundicha Mandap, devotees also get good fortune in the form of long life.