The Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival is to be celebrated on Sunday, the 29th of June, 2014. and Lord Jagannatha shall once again be worshipped with fervor and devotion amidst pomp and splendor in a public gathering of several lakh devotees in Jagannath Puri, Orissa, India. Thousands of the gathered millions shall be pulling the ropes of the three chariots carrying 45 feet tall, wooden idols of Lord Krishna, his brother Lord Balbhadra and their sister Goddess Subhadra, splendidly adorned and brightly painted in equally grand wooden chariots that have been newly constructed. The procession would move from the Lord Jagannatha Temple to a distance of 2 Km away where the temple of their aunt lies at Gundicha, allow the deities to spend some days (roughly a week) and return the way it had come. Every year this massive exercise is undertaken with inspiring regularity and utmost dedication and the Lord has never let his devotees despair in their whole-hearted efforts to celebrate the occasion. Lakhs of onlookers gather from all parts of India and it is now a part of an international itenary for tourists, thanks to the involvement and active support of ISKCON.
But as with the event being celebrated year after year, there are certain strange observances about the Lord Jagannatha temple that have come to light
So begin the journey of discovering some amazing facts of our beloved Jagannath Temple….