Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra
It is believed that anyone who participates in this Puri Rath Yatra will be freed from the cycle of birth and death.
From the 1st July to 9th July, for 9 days celebrates the famous annual festival of Shree Jagannatha Rath Yatra. Millions of pilgrims come to the town of Puri, Odisha, India, also known as the “Shree Jagannatha Dham” – one of the “Char Dham” – the four holy abodes of Maha Vishnu.
This century-old tradition of the Rath Yatra was closed to the public for two years due to the Covid lockdown. Thus this year is of great significance to be able to serve the millions of pilgrims who would visit this auspicious festival.
After the two years of Covid lock down, this year, the Rath Yatra in Puri is open to the public.
The Rath Yatra
Rath Yatra is the celebration of the journey of Shree Jagannatha towards his aunt’s house in a grand procession along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra on huge chariots. For the next nine days, the deities reside in Gundicha temple and return to Shree Mandir on the 10th day known as Bahuda Yatra. This is the only time in the year that Shree Jagannatha comes out of the temple to give darshan to all his devotees beyond caste, religion and creed. Hence millions of pilgrims come to Puri for the darshan of Shree Jagannatha during this festival.
The Maha Prasad
According to “Skanda Purana” Shree Jagannatha redeems the devotees by permitting them to partake in his Maha Prasad. This is the food cooked and offered to Shree Jagannatha which is then sold in Anand bazaar. Maha Prasad is treated here as ‘Anna Brahma’. So getting a morsel of this prasad is considered a great fortune by the pilgrims.
During this year’s Rath Yatra, we are blessed to offer food to Shree Jagannatha and distribute this Maha Prasad to the pilgrims. Getting even a small handful of this prasad is a divine blessing, as getting Maha Prasad during the Rath Yatra is next to impossible! Advised & guided by Mohanji, the Ammucare & Mohanji Bharat teams along with the Shree Jagannatha Society UK, are putting up a stall in Puri, in the festival area to distribute Maha Prasad to the pilgrims.
This is not just ordinary cooked food to be donated but the Maha Prasad that has been offered to Shree Jagannatha and hence getting even a handful of this Maha Prasad is a great fortune for the pilgrims.
All of us have this golden opportunity of contributing towards the distribution of Maha Prasad to pilgrims and receiving the abundant grace of Shree Jaganatha. Feeding the pilgrims during this auspicious period is highly purifying and deemed a punya. All the people who cannot visit Puri will recieve the grace and benefits of attending this festival through service to the pilgrims.
In addition to this, we can also offer Dipam and Tulsi to the Deities on the Rath and in the Gundicha temple (where the deities will reside for the 9 days).
Benefits of Feeding during Rath Yatra
Offering service (seva) to the pilgrims in such an occasion is a highly purifying and a deed of Punya. All the people who may not be able to participate in this festival, will receive the grace and purification and benefits of attending this festival through offering the service to pilgrims.
You can either choose to offer the Maha Prasad to people or you can include the Puja offering along with the Maha Prasad Daan too.
For the Maha Prasad Daan, we suggest a minimum of 11 people.
You can choose the number of people you want to feed. You can choose to feed for 1 day or more than 1 day or for all the 9 days. You can choose to include a puja offering to Shree Jagannatha during this auspicious 9 days.
To feed 1 person per day is Rs100 / 1 GBP / 1.2 Euro / 1.5 USD Including Puja will cost additional Rs3000 / 30 GBP / 35 Euro / 40 USD