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Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Puri (Orissa) Jagannatha Temple's annual Rath Yatra started with all pomp and grandeur yesterday. As many of you know, the term Juggernaut is derived from Jagannath chariot (or Rath) and is used to represent a merciless and unstoppable destructive force. So by the very definition, it is little wonder that it continues with unstoppable success every year.

Rath Yatras emulating Puri are conducted by Lord Krishna devotees (specially ISKCON) elsewhere in India (for example in Ahmedabad, Gujarat) and all over the world, including London, UK, Sophia, Bulgaria and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. This video on 2010 Los Angeles Rath Yatra details how the Rath was assembled and contains demonstration scenes by Christian faith groups.

The three presiding deities of this temple are Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Balarama and Subhadra. In mythological lore, they are also called as Vatabhadra, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Since triangle is considered the most basic of stable geometric shapes, triangulation is the preferred method to ascertain the spatial location any object and the triforce of gravity, electromagnetism and quantum permeates all creation, the triad of these deities represent all of creation's primordial forces. They can also be said to represent the inaccessible heavens, intervening space and habitable worlds or God, Law and Creation. Since Balarama is considered the avatar of Adisesha serpent himself, the term sesha meaning both subservient and remainder, it is only apt that he represents all that would sustain creation, apart from the self existing Lord. Subhadra, on the other hand, is our hope for obtaining the grace of the Lord.

With these words of meditation in mind, let us enjoy the slideshow below:

Puri Lord Jagannath is a deity worshipped primarily by Hindu people, mainly in the Indian states of Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Manipur and Tripuraand by Hindus in Bangladesh. Jagannath(a) means Lord of the Universe

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