The most awaited car festival or Rath Yatra 2014 will held on the 29th June 2014 in Puri.It is also known as the Chariot festival .It is the most important yearly festival of Hindus. It is a colorful festival of Puri in which millions of devotees from the various region of India and also from aboard take place. It is the beliefs of Hindus the participation of this festival brings them to heaven.
The three Rath or chariots are the main highlights of the Rath Yatra.These three chariot pulled by the strings. One of the chariot dedicated to Lord Jagannath, another one devoted to Balabhadra’s and the third one dedicated to Subhadra.Lord Jagannath ‘s chariot is 45.6 feet high and moved on the 18 wheels,this chariot called Nandighosa. The chariot of Balbhadra’s is made 45 feet high and it has 16 wheels.Balabhadra’s chariot referred as Taladhvaja. Devadalana is the name of the Subhadra’s chariot. The height of the chariot is 44.6 feet and it has 14 wheels. All chariots made of wood and decorated with various colors and designs.
‘Snana Pumima’marks the starting of this festival.On this auspicious day the three deities-Lord Jagannath(Lord Krishna),Lord Balabhadra(Elder Brother of Lord Krishna) and Devi Subhadra(Sister of Lord Krishna) take a divine prolonged bath on a sacred platform known as ‘Snana Bedi”.After this holy bath of all three deities ,they put in an isolation place for 15 days. This 15 days time period is know as ‘Anabasara’.During this 15 days period no public worship is performed and after this isolation period .the three deities come out of the temple and board with colorful chariots.
Chhera pahara is the most famous ritual associated with the Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra 2014. During the festival, the King sweeps all around the chariots and deities. He then cleanses the road with a broom (gold-handled) and sprinkles sandalwood powder and water. This ritual is held for two days, very firstly on the Rath Yatra Puri when the three deities go to their aunt’s house, where the deities enjoy nine day stay and enjoyed the sweets of rice.
A single glance of Lord Jagannatha on the chariot is pondered to be very auspicious and poets, saints, and scriptures have repeatedly dignified the purity of this special festival. The significance of the sacred festival is such that even a single touch of the chariots of deities or even the ropes of chariot with which these are pulled is considered enough to endow the results of several holy deeds or austerity for ages. The Car Festival is one of the world’s most incredible spectacles.