Puri Rath Yatra: A Journey That Aids in the Path of Salvation
The Puri Rath Yatra is celebrated on Dwitiya Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Ashada month. This year it’s being celebrated on July 14, 2018 with chariots of Lord Jagannath, Baladeva (also known as Balabhadra or Balarama) and Subhadra taken out in a procession on the day. The Rath Yatra is more than five thousand years old and Lord Jagannatha, the lord of the universe is worshipped along with his elder brother Lord Baladeva and younger sister Subhadra Devi. The spiritual significance of the event is that the human body represents rath and god is the driver or sarathi of our very existence. He drives the chariot or body on a journey of material existence or Bhavsagar. The wheels of the chariot signify valour and horses represent five disciplines one must have i.e., vigour, self-discipline, tolerance, charitable and discernment. The reins of the horses signify pity, equanimity and forgiveness.
The real implication of the yatra is that a person submits himself entirely to the driver or sarathi (the lord himself) and by doing so, he is able to traverse the bonds that keeps him tied to material existence. It means to break the shackles of Bhavsagar and undertake a journey of salvation.
A Unique Ritual that Bestows Blessings of Lord Vishnu & Mother Shakti
Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra Homa
Accomplish Everlasting Prosperity, Perpetual Victory & Ultimate Moksha
Scheduled Live On July 14, 2018 @ 6 PM IST
Lord Jagannath, A Rare Form Of Lord Vishnu That Grants Moksha
Lord Jagannath is a unique form of lord Krishna that manifested in Puri, Orissa. He is the embodiment of Para Brahma or the complete centre of all powers of earth. The lord has a charming persona and is described as the most merciful of all gods. He forgives his devotees easily for their misdeeds and offences. He steers his devotees towards spirituality and cleanses their previous karma and grants Moksha. In fact, Lord Jagannath appeared on earth in a place called Purushottama Kshetra (Puri) as Neela Madhav along with Goddess Lakshmi for this purpose. So, whoever sees the lord in the form of Neela Madhav or Jagannath will attain Moksha instantaneously. But yama did not approve of this because if everyone attains Moksha then what about their karma, as they need to be punished for the bad deeds, he felt. So Neela Madhav disappeared and took form as Jagannath along with Baladev and Subhadra.