‘We are now more deeply involved on the ground’


Tata Trusts has, over the past few years, changed tack to augment and amplify the impact of its charity interventions. Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, speaks about the path Tata Trusts has taken and the objectives it is pursuing.

Source: ‘We are now more deeply involved on the ground’


Nabakalebara Rath Yatra Puri

image2Rath Yatra is the celebration of the Lord Jagannath (Odia: ଜୟ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ, Hindi: जय़ जगन्नाथ, Bengali: জয় জগন্নাথ), who is believed to be the Lord of Universe’s journey towards his aunt’s house. Though it is a Hindu shrine but this chariot festival is not associated with any particular denomination of Hinduism entirety. It is the festival for all the devotees who have devotion for Lord Jagannatha and love for the deities.

Jagannath Rath Yatra is more than five thousand years old and the most spiritual thing is, the celebration follows all the same rituals from its starting. There would not seen any changes in this festival. Traditionally the Rath Yatra festival is celebrated annually in Puri, Odisha. During this world renowned festival, lord Jagannatha is worshipped along with his brother lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra.

According to spiritual significance of Katha Upanishad- The festival talks about Human body as Rath and sarathi or driver as God, who drives the chariot of body to the yatra/journey to material existence or Bhavasagar. Classically it is mentioned as- The soul drive with in the Rath of body, which has been intellect and total devoted to God the driver of the chariot towards the material existence. The wheels are the significance of velour. The horses are and persistence. The horses are the synonyms of vigor, self discipline, tolerance, charity and discrimination, where as pity, equanimity and forgiveness are the reins of horses.

The popular Rath jatra is the time when the Deities come out of the temple for all to see. Each deity visit Gudicha Temple in their specific chariots drawn by devotees. Gudicha temple is dedicated to Lord’s Mosi (Aunty).

The chariots used during Rath Yatra are built every year. Carpenters began the construction of chariots on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The chariots are painted with bright colors and the tops are covered with red, black, yellow, or green canopies. Lord Jagannath uses red and yellow, Lord Balaram uses red and green, while Goddess Subhadra uses red and black. All the chariots have separate features to distinguish from each other.

Lord Jagannath’s chariot is called as Chakradhwaja or Nandhighosa, which simply describe about tumultuous and blissful sound. 45 feet tall, 16 wheels, 65 tons weigh, Garuda on its crest along with four white wooden horses are the specific features of Lord Jagannath’s Rath.

Lord Balaram’s cart is called Taladhwaja, which means the sound of significantly powerful rhythm. It has 14 wheels, and is drawn by four black wooden horses. It carries Hanuman on its crest.

Goddess Subhadra’s cart is called Padmadhwaja or Darpadalan, which means destroyer of pride. It has a lotus on its crest, uses 12 wheels, and is drawn by four red wooden horses.

On the celebration day devotees pull the chariots till the Gundicha temple. This time in Rath Yatra Puri 2015 also you will see the same celebration but wide more spiritual excitement. Because it is the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra where all the Lords will get new avatar after nineteen years. The return journey of Lords is also celebrated as Bahuda yatra. The deities reach the Puri temple on Ekadasi day, than attired in new costumes and this new form of the idols is known as ‘Suna Vesa’ . So come to be a part of Puri Rath Yatra 2015 to see new looks of deities and get blessing for your lifetime.

We wish all the readers a very Happy Rath Yatra, May Lord Jagannatha, Maa Subhadra and Lord Balarama shower blessings on all of us.

Jai Jagannatha 🙂


Jai Jagannatha Maha Prabhu


Legend of Ratha Yatra

This event marks Lord Jagannath, travelling in the chariot with his brother, Lord Balarama and sister Subhadra. It attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. The festival has been celebrated since ancient times. According to a legend about its origin, Jagannath is said to have expressed his desire to visit his birthplace every year for a week. Thus, the deities are taken to the Gundicha Mandir every year. According to another legend, Subhadra, wanted to visit Dwaraka, her parent`s home, and her brothers took her back to Dwaraka on this day. The Ratha Yatra is a commemoration of that visit. According to the Bhagavad Purana, it is also believed that it was on this day that Krishna and Balarama went to Mathura to participate in a wrestling competition, at Kansa`s invitation. The chariots are cleaned by the Gajapati Maharaja, with a golden broom to proclaim that he is the first of the Lord`s servants.

Rath Yatra involves following ceremonies:

Snan Yatra

The idols of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are brought out and bathed on a pedestal known as the snanamandap amidst series of rituals and chanting of `Jai Jagannath` and `Haribol` and beating of conch shells, bathing ceremony was performed on Purnima of Jyestha month (Devasnan Purnima), to commemorate the appearance day of Lord Jagannath.


The bathing ceremony discolors the painted wooden deities. Therefore nobody except the main priest is allowed to see and pay homage for a period of 15 days, which is known as Anavasara time. It is said that Lord Jagannath himself had ordered King Indradyumna about this Anavasara period.


For a staunch devotee of Jagannath, the Anavasara time is really a tough time of separation. The images are re-painted and brought to the Ratnavedi or the main platform for the devotees to see and pay homage. This ceremony is named as Netrotsava. On this day people take the opportunity of seeing the deities in all new and young form. This is called `Nava Yauvana Darshan`.
Lord Jagannath Ratha Yatra Festival (Car Festival)
The main journey of the “Car Festival” involves the large Deities of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra to be transported from the temple, each on their own chariot, every year, where:

* Jagannath`s chariot, Nandighosha is a 35 feet square, rising to a height of 45 feet, with 16 wheels, 7 feet in diameter and is yellow in colour.

* Balabhadra`s chariot is called Taladhvaja, is blue in colour and has 14 wheels.

* Subhadra`s chariot is the smallest, with 12 wheels and is called Devadalan.

Then the images are taken from the temple to Jagannath`s country house at Gundicha Bari, two miles away. They are confined to a solitary abode for a fortnight where they undergo treatment, are offered special Ayurvedic medicine and some special liquid diet called sarapana. After a week`s rest, they are taken back to the temple at Puri. This return car festival or Bahuda Yatra begins on the `Ashadha Sukla Dasami`, the 10th day of the bright fortnight of Ashadha (June-July).

On the Ratha Yatra day, temple staff and congregational members cook enormous quantities of foodstuffs, and everyone gets to enjoy as much Mahaprasadam as they care to consume. The continued success of Puri`s Ratha Yatra is so fundamentally important to Orissa that the state government has proclaimed the Yatra a “state festival”.

…… a Life of Shibumi

pretty,beautiful,meditative,scenic,serene,window,view-fe0b369851e8ae632abf9ce77a4b6c72_hThe weekends are here! I am writing after a long time. Days are flying and I ‘m not getting time to even think about anything other than coding (or programming). A wise advice to all my readers, please don’t do certification on any subject for fun if you are fresher, and if you do then have a deep knowledge about the subject (Just a thought of the day, don’t take it so seriously 😉  ). Anyways I didn’t knew that Hyderabad is so cold during winters. Winters always gives an opportunity to wear Mosi and Mummy’s hand knitted sweaters that I proud to have.

My sweater is quite beautiful with different cables (that looks quite tough to make), was hand woven by Mosi and Mummy. It is an art that is perhaps in every elderly women’s hand who experiences a motherhood in life after a particular point of time. Hand woven sweaters are more proudly wore than the ready-made one, because it is woven by somebody’s hand with love and hard work that is beyond the brain to calculate! You are Lucky if you have got one! Anyways, the relief of the sunshine can be experienced only in the winter season, else we always try not to be much in the sun. While I was returning to flat, after dinner, I saw few people singing Christmas carol on the road. This is the joy of winter. I hope Santa will bring something for me too during Christmas (have already prepared a wish list for Him). Though I have to post it to North Pole (I’ll post it once I find a post office here!). Weekends! The best way to spend time is, sitting near window, having coffee and Blogging.This is the holidays for me.images

I would request my readers to please visit http://www.enidblytonbio.co.uk . This site belongs to one of Blogosphere friend, Brian Carter. He has written a book on life of famous novelist ‘Enid Blyton’. His book is soon going to be released. Please visit his website once and do buy one copy of his book. Reading is a very good habit that must be developed right from childhood. It should be cultivated in children, through providing some interesting story books that not only encourages them but also teaches them the ethics and values. Enid Blyton’s books are best for young minds. All the best Brian, Best Wishes 😀

P.S.: The title of my post is inspired by a  Japanese word ‘Shibumi’, that I came across few years ago. Well if you want to know its meaning, then best way is to Find it….! 🙂

Cheers 🙂