Jagannath Temple - Ratha Yatra (Chariot Festival) - Puri
Jagannath Temple - Ratha Yatra ( Chariot Festival ) - Puri , Orissa , India .
The Jagannath Temple in Puri is a famous temple dedicated to Jagannath and located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Orissa. The name Jagannath comes from the word Jagat-Nath which means 'Lord of the World' (Jagat = world, Nath = Master/protector).
A Ratha-Yatra or Roth Jatra or Chariot Festival is a Hindu festival that involves transporting deities on a chariot (called a ratha). Accidents involving people being crushed under the wheels of the chariot have a few times occurred, and a figurative reference to a chariot containing Lord Jagannath has resulted in the English word juggernaut to refer to an unstoppable force.
"Ratha" (ରଥ) in Oriya means chariot and "yatra" (ଯାତ୍ରା) means journey. The festival thus refers to the annual journey of the divinity in the form of idols to their aunt's (ମାଉସୀ) house. "Aunt" here refers to the feminine creative aspect of divinity.
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