[caption id="attachment_84197" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Puri Rath Yatra And Lord Jagannath Temple[/caption]
The holy city of Puri is all set to host the new millennium’s first Nabakalebar Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival, which begins from July 18. The annual yatra, which will commence from the Puri temple and will conclude at Shree Gundicha temple covering nearly 2.5 km distance, in nine days.
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With all the pomp and show with which the festival is celebrated is indeed something to be graced at least once in a lifetime.
We bring you some interesting facts about the festival and the famous temple, which you might not been aware of so far:
- Do you know why the chariots are pushed by the devotees? Well, it is said that every time Lord Jagannath refuses to visit his aunt’s place, and no matter how many thousands of devotees push the chariot, it doesn’t move a bit from its place. And after hours of pushing it finally show movement. It seems Lord Jagannath likes to be pampered!
- While returning after nine days’ sojourn from the maternal aunt’s home, the Lords stop once during the journey, when Lord Jagannath halts to taste his favourite sweet, Poda Pitha, a special kind of sweet.
- The temple flag always wave in a direction opposite to the direction in which the wind blows.
- During day-time, the wind blows from the sea to the land and in the evening, it blows opposite. But only in Puri, you will find entirely unique experience.
- No matter where you are in Puri, you will always find the Sudarshan Charka, the charka at the top of the temple, facing you.
- Do you know? Birds or planes do not fly above the temple in this holy city.
- No matter how many devotees come to take blessings of Lord Jagannath, the quantity of cooked food inside the temple remains same for the entire year.
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