Puri Rath Yatra 2014 – also known as Car Festival and Chariot Festival, is one of the sacred festival celebrated in the honor of Sri Jagannath Prabhu (Lord of the Universe believed to incarnation of Lord Vishnu). The grand and sacred festival is celebrated in the month of June-July (Asadha – called in local language). In other words, it is celebrated on the second day of the Lunar fortnight in the month of Asadha.
The entire coastal town and its surrounding area witness the heavy influx of devotees who come to be the part of this grand celebration. They come to pull the holy chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balbhadra and Goddess Subhadra. Preparation of the festival starts many days before the very special day. And on the day of the festival or Rath Yatra, the wooden idols of Sri Krishna, Balram and Subhadra are taken out in procession in three giant chariots to their summer temple for a week. 14 meter height, 10 meter square and 16 large wheels are the features of the main chariot in which Lord of the Universe are carried.
Puri Rath Yatra 2014 is beginning on 29th of June and the celebration will continue for nine days. During the festival, the entire holy town is wrapped in the colors of festivals.
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