Rath Yatra festival of Odisha is exclusively dedicated to Lord Jagannath, who is believed as the Lord of the Universe by Hindu devotees. Visiting the Jagannath Temple at Puri during the occasion of Rath Yatra is considered to be extremely auspicious. Here are few things that let you understand, why going to Rath Yatra is good for you:
The Jagannath Rath Yatra is one of the oldest grand festivals of Hinduism in Odisha and the world. It is almost back to 5000 years but still has the same traditional hold like it was in previous. Even though the times have changed a lot, the same set of ancient rituals are still performed during this holy occasion.
Millions of devotees who hail from all parts of the world, visit the Jagannath Dham at Puri during Rath Yatra. The chance to get a glimpse of the chariots of the Lord along with those of his siblings Balarama and Subhadra is something that devotees must do at least once in their lives.
Those who gain the darshan of Lord Jagannath at the Temple and pray to him with a pure mind and a clear conscience can gain his powerful blessings. The blessings of Lord Jagannath have the power to transform the lives of His devotees, remove all obstacles and negativity, and enlighten their souls.
Another reason why the Rath Yatra is a must visit event is its grandeur. The huge crowds who rejoice as the huge chariots of the Lord and his siblings are pulled forward is quite a spectacle. It is one of the largest such events of Hinduism and of anywhere in the world.
The Rath Yatra can be seen as a victory march of Dharma or righteousness, which is one of the key principles of Hinduism that makes the religion unique. Though there are many legends cited as reasons for the commencement of the Rath Yatra, we must understand that the Lord is still watching over us, guiding us towards a better future.
Last but not the least, the Prasad or Mahaprasad of Lord Jagannath during Rathyatra is a reason for many devotees to visit Puri during Rath Yatra. Legends state that those who savor the Lord’s holy Prasad move closer to Moksha or salvation of the soul, and are cured of the burden of their sins.