Today is the start of the Puri Rath Yatra and true to the commentary on the T.V, the experience of watching it on television no way matches the energy that surrounds the masses there in Puri.
The exuberant Rath Yatra festival sees Lord Jagannath, along with his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, venture out of their abode in the Jagannath temple. The three of them travel to their aunt’s Gundicha Temple a short distance away, where they remain for seven days before returning.
The gods are transported on towering chariots, which have been made to resemble temples, giving the festival its name of
Rath Yatra — the Chariot Festival.