Jagannatha Rath Yatra

MAAANANDAMAYEEMAASANATHRatha Jatra, the Festival of Chariot: Chariots of Shri Jagannath is celebrated every year at Puri, the temple town in Odisha, on the second (dwitiya) day of shukla pakshya (waxing cycle of moon) of Ashadh Maas (3rd month in Lunar Calendar). The presiding deities of the Jagannath Temple, Puri’s main temple, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, with the celestial wheel (Sudarshana Chakra) are removed from the temple in a ceremonial procession to their chariots. The huge, colourfully decorated chariots are drawn by multitude of devotees on thebada danda, the grand avenue to the Gundicha Temple (Gundicha – King Indradyumna’s Queen), two miles away to the North.

On their way back from the Gundicha Temple, the three deities stop for a while near the Mausi Maa Temple (Aunt’s abode) and have an offering of the Poda Pitha, which is a special type of pancake supposed to be the Lord’s favourite. After a stay for seven days, the deities return to their abode

The three chariots of Balarama, Subhadra and Jagannatha are newly constructed every year with wood of specified trees like phassi, dhausa, etc. They are customarily brought from the ex-princely state of Dasapalla by a specialist team of carpenters who have hereditary rights and privileges for the same. The logs are traditionally set afloat as rafts in the river Mahanadi. These are collected near Puri and then transported by road.MAAANANDAMAYEEMAASANATH

The three chariots are decorated as per the unique scheme prescribed and followed for centuries stand on the Bada Danda, the Grand Avenue. Covered with bright canopies made of stripes of red cloth and combined with those of black, yellow and blue colours, the huge chariots are lined across the wide avenue in front of the majestic temple close to its eastern entrance, which is also known as the Sinhadwara or the Lion’s Gate.jaga27

Lord Jagannatha’s chariot is called Nandighosa. It is forty-five feet high and forty-five feet square at the wheel level. It has sixteen wheels, each of seven-foot diameter, and is decked with a cover made of red and yellow cloth. Lord Jagannatha is identified with Krushna, who is also known as Pitambara, the one attired in golden yellow robes and hence the distinguishing yellow stripes on the canopy of this chariot.

Nandighosa Rath

The chariot of Lord Balarama, called the Taladhwaja, is the one with the Palm Tree on its flag. It has fourteen wheels, each of seven-foot diameter and is covered with red and blue cloth. Its height is forty-four feet.

Taladhwaja Rath

The chariot of Subhadra, known as Dwarpadalana, literally “trampler of pride,” is forty-three feet high with twelve wheels, each of seven-foot diameter. This chariot is decked with a covering of red and black cloth – black being traditionally associated with Shakti and the Mother Goddess.

Dwarpadalana or Padmadhwaja Rath

Around each of the chariots are nine Parsva devatas, painted wooden images representing different deities on the chariots’ sides. Each of the chariots is attached to four horses. These are of different colours – dark ones for Balarama, white ones for Jagannatha, and red ones for Subhadra. Each chariot has a charioteer called Sarathi. The three charioteers attached to the chariots of Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhadra respectively are Daruka, Matali and Arjuna.

Harmony and Symphony – God’s ways

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Generally writing requires a considerable amount of thoughts and then consolidating them in correct sequence to prepare a write up that reflects an individual’s own perception and is reflection of his or her thoughts. There are lots of things and then you find the same routine happening in day to day life. The idea is not to escape into an adventure run, but to make the journey more interesting. One cannot really predict what could be the thoughts and what could be going on, in the minds of soldiers who are protecting our country’s border in extreme conditions of Siachen. We could only seek the inspiration from them and apply them in our lives.

God has chosen each one of us for certain duties and that is why we are here. So, today I thought of representing some of my thoughts . Most of the time I prefer either reading or watching news, and has been away from writing the Blog posts. But today just thought of writing a Blog post myself, after a long pause. There are so much things going around — Border talks, environment concerns, global warming, terrorism and Mars mission.

Better are the lives of birds who are relieved from borders lines. If we view the world in a wider perspective, lots of things will look different — even the religious factor. The Entire universe and the planet where we live and how we are hampering the planet and the residents. The more we learn from nature and natural surroundings, the more we are closer to God.

God has created such a beautiful world, with everything inter related and yet so independent. The harmony and symphony it creates and the natural oscillation and resonance of the weather is so beautiful. The Sky creates a new painting everyday to make us smile. We always get new pattern of water droplets or fog dew and yet so similar. As a humankind we should unite and work towards the betterment of the human and others who inhabitant the earth, but we are busy in the things that should not be an issues. Look at the Himalayas, it is there to guard us. There are Honey bees who only knows the secret of making honey.  There are lots of things God has  created to make you happy, we should focus on them

God has taken care of every little detail so that our lives are safe and secure. We should read religious scriptures and take the positive teachings from them. Every religion has something good.

Maybe God has created humans to think in this way only, this must be also God’s conspiracy, Stay tuned for some of His beautiful ways.

India Should Have Its own Silicon Valley

 

Silicon Valley is not a new term for IT Professionals, but the place was recently in news due to the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Let us first understand the place located southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. Silicon Valley is a leading hub and startup ecosystem for high-tech innovation and development, accounting for one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States. It was in Silicon Valley that the silicon-based integrated circuit, the microprocessor, and the microcomputer, among other key technologies, were developed

There are thousands of Technology industry related companies located at Silicon valley. To name a few – Xilinx, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft, Google, Tata Consultancy Services, Facebook, Cisco and the list continues.

In our country, today we can see lots of startups mushrooming. Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Mr Ratan Tata has invested in many of these start ups and encouraged the entrepreneurs and  IT professionals to invest and start their own companies. We need to learn that we should harness the talents within our country and try to develop our own Silicon valley, rather than promoting Brain drain and migrating from our roots to a foreign country in search of a comfortable living. Today, most of the IT Companies in India like TCS, Infosys, Wipro etc are working on outsourced projects. We should have the capacity of developing our own companies just like Bill Gates andSteve Jobs.

We are proceeding in this way and various new e-commerce players such as Flipkart and Snapdeal have attracted investments valuing them at $15.5 billion and $4.8 billion in 2015, respectively. Zomato, a restaurant search-and-discovery service founded in 2008, has received over $200 million in funding and now has a presence in over 20 countries.

Flipkart and Snapdeal are still small companies by the standards of world leader Amazon and China’s Alibaba, of course. And for now, they’re focused on expanding their Indian footprint rather than expanding globally. But the fact that they enjoy a huge domestic market (today’s India is much richer than India in 1985).

Before proceeding to this dream journey, the greatest hurdles to this in our country are –  Internet connectivity, Education and skilled people, awareness, motivation to take risk.

Today, only about 20% of Indians have access to the Internet today. The country ranked 131st in broadband connectivity in 2014, which translates to only 1.2 people with broadband access out of every 100. What’s more, India ranked 155th in mobile broadband penetration, suggesting that 5.5 people out of every 100have access, according to a UNESCO report.

In India, only a tiny sliver – 1% – of the population shops online, according to the Wall Street Journal. A big part of the challenge is that 80% of the population lacks a means to pay electronically for goods, according to a Morgan Stanley research report. Indeed, as the same report also points out, the Indian Internet market could rise to $137 billion by 2020, and the nation could follow the path of China, where e-commerce has increased significantly over the past decade as Internet access has improved.

US Companies prefer India over China for Offshore Development Centre today. India’s potential as a highly lucrative emerging market for foreign businesses, especially with China’s economic future looking uncertain, is becoming increasingly important.

 

 

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 🙂