Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra Festival: Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India. This year, the festival is all set to commence on June 25 and the return cart festival or Bahuda Jatra will fall on July 3. Rath Yatra is one of the most awaited Hindu festivals of the state as well as the country. Lord Jagannath’s chariot, called Nandighosh, is 45.6 feet high and has 18 wheels. Balaram’s chariot Taladhvaja is 45 feet tall and has 16 wheels and Subhadra’s chariot Devadalana stands at 44.6 feet and has 14 wheels. Check out the brief details about Rath Yatra History, Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra 2017 Live Streaming, Telecast, Special Trains for Puri Rath Yatra from the below article.
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Puri Ratha Yatra History
According to mythology, Lord Krishna would live in Puri during Kalyug. On this day, Lord Jagannath (a form of Lord Krishna), Balaram (also Balarama or Balabhadra) and their sister Subhadra visit their aunt for nine days, and their journey to and from this aunt’s house is what marks the two main days of the festival.
Lord Jagannath’s chariot is called as Chakradhwaja or Nandhighosa, which simply describe the tumultuous and blissful sound. 45 feet tall, 16 wheels, 65 tons weigh, Garuda on its crest along with four white wooden horses are the specific features of Lord Jagannath’s Rath.
Lord Balaram’s cart is called Taladhwaja, which means the sound of significantly powerful rhythm. It has 14 wheels and is drawn by four black wooden horses. It carries Hanuman on its crest.
Goddess Subhadra’s cart is called Padmadhwaja or Darpadalan, which means destroyer of pride. It has a lotus on its crest, uses 12 wheels, and is drawn by four red wooden horses.
Puri Ratha Yatra Festival 2017 Live Telecast
Millions of devotees congregate at Puri for this annual event from all over the country and abroad. It is also broadcast live on many Indian, foreign television channels, as well as many of the websites, telecast Jagannath Ratha-yatra live.
The festival can be watched live online at several places, including the government website dedicated to it. Click the below link to watch the live streaming of Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra 2017 from a government website.
The events on both days can also be watched live online on DD National. Click the below video link to watch the live streaming of Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra 2017 from Youtube.
Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra Festival 2017 Special Trains Details
East Coast Railway (ECoR) will run special trains for Puri Rath Yatra Festival.
A whopping 186 trains will be operated by the East Coast Railway (ECoR) to meet the travel load of pilgrims thronging Puri in a span of nine days during Rath Yatra.
On the first day of the grand festival on June 25, 34 trains will ply to Puri whereas, on the second day, the number will rise to 72.
From June 25 to July 5, the train ‘Yatra Express Specials’ will run originating from Khurda via Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Paradip, Berhampur, Bhawanipatna, Keonjhar, Bangiriposi (Mayurbhanj), Palasa and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Kharagpur, Shalimar (Kolkata) in West Bengal.
For Gundicha Yatra, which begins on June 25, 28 special trains will run to Puri. Besides, 56 trains will run between June 26 and July 2 for Sandhya Darshan. ECoR has also announced 28 trains each for Bahuda Yatra and Sunabesha ritual. Three special trains are also set to run on July 5.
As part of security measures, 1200 railway protection force and government railway police will be deployed while 60 CCTV cameras, special dog squad, and for the first time two drones will keep eye on Puri Railway Station.
60 additional ticket counters will be set up to facilitate passengers at Puri including 24 counters at Cuttack, Berhampur, Khallikote, Balugaon, Bhadrak, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road and Paradip stations.
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