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Ratha Yatra remembers Lord Jagannath

6/21/2012 11:25:00 PM

Ratha Yatra is a huge Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Orissa, India. It is also known as Car Festival. This Festival remembers Lord Jagannath's annual visit to Gundicha mata's temple via aunt's home (Mausi Maa Temple which is near Balagandi Chaka in Puri). In this rath yatra the idols of Lord Puri Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken out in a procession to Gundicha Temple and remain there for nine days. Then the idols or Rath  Yatra returns to Puri Jagannath temple. The return journey of Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra is known as Bahuda Yatra.The festival is also known as Gundicha Jatra, Ghosa Jatra, Navadina Jatra, Dasavatara Jatra and by a variety of other names. Jagannatha is considered a form of Vishnu by the Hindus and Buddha by Buddhists."Jagannath" means "Master, Lord" (natha) of the "World, Universe" (Jagata).The most significant of Jagannath's many shrines is the temple at Puri, Orissa

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