Jagannath Puri chariot festival begins

In Odisha, the most awaited biggest annual festival of Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival at Puri commences today (25th June 2017). This is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals of the country as well as the whole world. The famous festival that is celebrated usually in the month of June-July commences when the chariots of Lord Jagannath accompanied by his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra are brought out on to the main street of Puri. 

The Chariots are then taken to the Shri Gundicha Temple to their aunt’s house, where the deities enjoy nine days stay and are served with sweet pancakes. The festival honours the Lord Jagannath’s visit along with his siblings to the temple of Queen Gundicha. Jagannath Puri temple is called ‘Yamanika Tirtha’ where, according to the Hindu beliefs, the power of ‘Yama’, the god of death has been nullified in Puri due to the presence of Lord Jagannath, popularly known as Lord Krishna, and his siblings – Lord Balbhadra and deity Subhadra – in the Jagannath Puri temple.
Static Takeaways from the above News:
  • Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival, one of the much-awaited Hindu festivals, is celebrated every year on the 2nd day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing cycle of the moon) in the month of Asadh, the 3rd month according to the lunar calendar of India. 
  • The foremost epicentre for this festival is the Jagannath Puri temple, one of the four major Hindu shrines, which is situated in the state of Odisha.
  • Bhubaneshwar is known as the “City of Temples” in India.
  • Naveen Patnaik is current Chief Minister of Odisha.
  • Dr Senayangba Chubatoshi Jamir is present Governor of Odisha. 
  • Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Indian state of Odisha. 
  • Bhitarkanika National Park is a national park located at Odisha in eastern India.
Source- AIR News

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