Theenormous chariot festival of Odisha is the celebration of 8 days, is held at the famous Jaganath Temple at Puri. Thousands of devotees flock to Puri during the occasion as they believe that a glimpse of Lord Jagnath in his chariot gives salvation. Continue reading Plan your Trip to Puri During Rath Yatra-2018
The Rath Yatra festival is the only occasion when non-Hindu devotees, who aren’t allowed inside the temple, can get their glimpse of the deities. A mere glimpse of Lord Jagannath on the chariot, or even to touch the chariot, is considered to be very auspicious. Continue reading Important Dates of Rath Yatra-2018
The formation of new idols and destruction of the old idols symbolizes reincarnation.
Vedic chants are chanted continuously outside the area where the new idols are being carved from the neem wood. Once they’re completed, the new idols are carried inside the inner sanctum of the temple and placed facing the old idols. The supreme power (Brahma) is then transferred from the old to the new idols, in a ritual known as Brahma Paribartan which means changing the soul. This ritual is carried out in privacy. The priest performing the ritual is blindfolded, and his hands and feet are wrapped in thick layers of cloth, so that he can’t see or feel the transfer. Continue reading Puri Rath Yatra: Reincarnation of Idols