The Festival was on 4th July. The festival is named as Rathayatra. This festival is famous in Puri, Orissa. “Ratha” means Chariot and “Yatra” means journey. It is a festival of Chariot Journey of Lord Jagannath(Avatar of Bishnu), Balabhadra(his elder brother ), Suvadra(his younger sister).
This is said that the festival is due to an annual visit to their maternal aunt’s house. Lord Jagannath and their two siblings stay for 8 days to their aunt’s house. At 8th day they return back.
In our complex, all kids buy a small Ratha and they pull it in the premises. Within the Ratha, the idols of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are kept. Before starting the journey, a worship is made with flowers and sweets. Then kids start pulling the Ratha and serve sweets to others. At 8th day, kids will again pull the Ratha as if the Ratha is returned back to the original house.
The last picture is of my daughter’s Ratha. It is equipped with flowers. Idols of Lord Jagannath and his siblings has been kept inside the Ratha. Some sweets are also kept.
Though it is a big festival for us, we have made this festival for kids. In our complex, we enjoy this festival through our kids.
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