Rath Yatra – Lord Jagannath’s Annual Visit Mausi Maa House
Millions of devotees have descended at Puri in Odisha today, for the nine-day annual Rath Yatra festival. Lord Jagannath Temple in Odisha is celebrating its 141st Ratha Yatra this year. On this day Lord Jagannath with Lord Balaram and Devi Subhadra, visit their aunt or Mausi Maa house at the Gundicha Temple which is located around three kilometres away.
Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his greetings on Ratha Yatra. “With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, may our country scale new heights of growth. May every Indian be happy and prosperous,” the Prime Minister said in his Tweet.
According to Indian mythology says Lord Jagannath is the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is derived from two words ‘jagat’ and ‘nath’ which means ‘The God of the universe’. The three deities of Lord Jagannath , Balaram and Subhadra are unique and unlike most other deities with human form.
There are several stories behind the shapeless form of Lord Jagannath. One of them says, when King Subal, who was a devotee of Lord Jagannath wanted a deity of the god made, he ignored the condition laid down by the sculptor and went inside the room, where he was working. The sculptor left leaving the unfinished deities. Locals say till today those unfinished deities are being worshiped at the temple in Puri.
NSG commandos and 140 platoons of police force were deployed all along the route where devotees have lined up to pull the chariot.
Apart from Puri, Rath Yatra is also celebrated in a big way in Gujarat and many parts of eastern India. Outside India, Rath Yatra is celebrated in London, New York, Nepal, Kenya and many other places.