People, especially women, celebrated the nine-day-long festival, which commemorates a journey by Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra
and sister Subhadra, in specially made chariots.
Held in the Hindu month of Ashad, three richly decorated chariots or rathas, with towering structures are readied for the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra
and their sister Subhadra.
Three Hindu deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra
and Subhadra, are taken out of the temple and then transported in colourfully-decked chariots to anotther nearby temple for a week's stay.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today visited Iskcon Temple here to offer her prayers to Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra
and Devi Subhadra on the occasion of annual rath yatra.
Take part in the exuberant 10-day Rath Yatra festival which sees Lord Jagannath (a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu and Krishna), along with and his elder brother Balabhadra
being transported on magnificent towering, colourful chariots.
Ahmedabad, July 10 ( ANI ): The annual chariot festival of the Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra
and sister Subhadra started here Wednesday morning with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the procession amid chanting of hymns.
Millions will participate in India's biggest car festival, Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, in which Lord Jagannath with his siblings Balabhadra
and Subhadra, leave for their annual vacation.
The festival marks the return of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra
and Goddess Subhadra to their home Vrindavan after a long gap.
The images of the Lord of the Universe, Jagannath his brother Balabhadra
and sister Subhadra, housed in the inner sanctuary, are rough, hewn from wood and crowned in gold.
Although celebrated world over, the original Ratha Jatra is held on a grand scale in Puri (Orissa, India), where the presiding deities of Sri Mandira-Jagannatha, Balabhadra
and Subhadra-with celestial wheel Sudarshana are driven on the chariots to about two miles north Gundicha temple in an elaborate ritual procession, where the huge colorfully decorated chariots are drawn by thousands of devotees.
Mostly sponsored by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), these parades usually feature huge decorated chariot with colorful canopy, carrying images of the Hindu deities Lord Jagannatha (a form of Krishna), Balabhadra
(Krishna's elder brother) and Subhadra (Krishna's younger sister), wearing silk outfits and decorated with flowers, and pulled by devotees.
According to reports, these processions, featuring huge decorated chariot with colorful canopy, will be carrying statues of Hindu deities Lord Jagannatha (a form of Krishna), Balabhadra
(Krishna's elder brother) and Subhadra (Krishna's younger sister), wearing silk outfits and decorated with flowers.