Shri Jagannatha Rath Yatra

Shri Jagannatha Rath Yatra

I write post on Shri Jagannatha Rath Yatra every year on my blog since beginning, hence continuing the tradition and I am also ardent devotee of Shree Krishna’s avatar of Lord Jagannatha.

The Rath Yatra or Chariot festival, one of the much-awaited Hindu festivals, is celebrated every year on the 2nd day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing cycle of the moon) in the month of Asadh, the 3rd month according to the lunar calendar of India. The foremost epicentre for this festival is the Jagannath Puri temple, one of the four major Hindu shrines, which is situated in the state of Odisha. Rath Yatra Puri has always been popular among tourists due to its religious connotation. They visit Puri every year and take part in the celebrations with full enthusiasm.

The Jagannath Temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Jagannath in the city of Ahmedabad in the Gujarat state of India. The temple located in the Jamalpur locality was established by Sadhu Sarangdasji about 450 years ago. The temple is famous for its annual chariot festival, the Rath Yatra, which is the third most important and largest after the Ratha Yatra at Puri and Kolkata

The festival honours the Lord Jagannath’s visit along with his siblings to the temple of Queen Gundicha. The caravan of Lord Jagannath, on the way, stops at their maternal aunt’s place – mausima temple – to take the meal of sweet pancakes, Jagannath’s favorite dish as believed. During his journey, Lord Jagannath is accompanied also by the celestial wheel called Sudarshan Chakra.

As many as three new splendid chariots are created for the Puri Yatra (the journey) of the Gods – Lord Jagannath and his siblings – every year. The carpenters, having rights for this job by heredity, follow century old styles, written in the holy Hindu text, for building and decorating the chariots.

Then comes the graceful day of Yatra, when these 45-feet high idols are pulled by millions of devotees came here from all over the world. The act of pulling the Rath by the ropes during Rath Yatra Puri is believed to be an extremely religious act, the belief which attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.

  • The day of the Rath Yatra in Puri is the only day in the whole year when the non Hindu devotees can have an opportunity to see the gods and goddess of the Jagannath Puri temple. All for the convenience of devotees, Puri Rath Yatra Festival Tour is largely organized in the country and, every year, tourists from home country or abroad take part in the Rath Yatra Tour, with full of zeal. Apart from Indian, this festival attracts a large number of international tourists in Puri.

Puri Rath Yatra 2017 is on 25th June, Sunday.
The Bahuda Yatra is on 3rd July 2017.

Jai Jagannatha Maha Prabhu, Jai Maa Subhadra, Jai Balarama Bhagwan

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.