While there are several things that have divided people over the years, it always feels good to see people coming together from all direction for one cause. For many years now rath yatra has been one such festival that brings so many people at the same place at the same time. While religion is believed by many to be a hindrance for society, it can also unite people in many ways.
Rath Yatra: The Festival
One of the major festivals for all the Hindus of India, the rath yatra is devoted to a form of Lord Krishna, Jagannath. He is said to be the most jubilant form of Lord Krishna. This ecstatic form is depicted by an idol with large eyes and rugged features. “Rath” means chariot and “Yatra” means travel. As the name suggests, in this festival a huge chariot with Lord Jagannath sitting on it is pulled by thousands of people in Puri, a place in Odisha. A 10-day procession in the city of Puri, the idol of Jagannath is accompanied by idols of two other Hindu gods, Subhadra Devi and Lord Baladeva. The three gods are said to have been siblings. Other than in Puri, Odisha, it also takes place in Gujrat. This festival is mostly celebrated in the month of June, but the date varies as it follows the lunar calendar.
The main attraction of this festival is thousands of people pulling on the rope of the chariot is a rare sight that can’t be seen very easily quite often. In any other festival of India, like Holi or Diwali, it doesn’t bring strangers together to do the same job. There is also another festival related to it, known as Ulto Rath, in which the same chariot is brought back to the temple of Puri after a few days.
The Rath Yatra Of 2020
It is a huge loss if for some reason this festival is suddenly stopped from celebrating. But, unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening in the year 2020. A deadly virus that has made all of our lives difficult has also now become the reason for no celebration of Rath Yatra. Even though lockdown has been loosened in some states, any huge gathering like this one is still prohibited. This is why the court has ordered that there will be no Rath Yatra this year.
This is a time of crisis for everyone. People are still dying every day or stuck at home. even though it’s heartbreaking, staying at home during this Year’s Rath Yatra is the best course of action.
So, Stay Safe, Stay Home, And Happy Rath Yatra To Everyone!!!
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