The Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra, a much-anticipated and renowned celebration in the temple town of Puri, Odisha, will commence on July 12 this year. The 15-day celebration has piqued the interest of devotees, and preparations are well underway. Sudarsan Pattnaik, a sand artist, rushed to Twitter to share his wonderful artwork of a sand chariot with his fans to commemorate the major festival event. The artist claims to have made the world’s largest 3D sand art carriage of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra at Puri beach in Odisha, and he plans to beat all records. It’s massive, measuring 43.2 feet long and 35 feet wide.
He took this to his twitter to write “On the occasion of #RathaYatra we have created a biggest 3D sand art chariot of Lord Jagannath’s #NandighosaRatha of 43.2“ ft long and 35 ft wide at #Puri beach in Odisha. We hope it will be a new record. #JaiJagannath”.
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On the occasion of #RathaYatra we have created a biggest 3D sand art chariot of Lord Jagannath’s #NandighosaRatha of 43.2“ ft long and 35 ft wide at #Puri beach in Odisha. We hope it will be a new record. #JaiJagannath 🙏 pic.twitter.com/GPelL3ObjS
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) July 11, 2021
Despite the fact that the festival’s preparations are complete, the festival’s impact will be reduced due to the outbreak of the COVID second wave and the risk of a third wave.
The servitors who test negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to pull the chariots, according to Ajaya Jena, the Administrator of Puri Jagannath Temple. All ceremonies will also be performed by three thousand’sevayat’ (servitors) and 1000 temple authorities. Since July 8, RTPCR testing have been conducted in four locations in Puri.
Rath Yatra is an annual celebration related with Lord Jagannath that takes place in Puri, Odisha. This year marks the 144th Rath Yatra of the Lord, often known as the chariot festival. Lord Jagannatha’s annual visit to Gundicha Mata temple is commemorated with the Ratha Yatra.
It is said that Lord Jagannatha, along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, left their regular dwelling at the main temple to pay their respects to Queen Gundicha, wife of the legendary King Indradyumna, who erected the Puri Jagannatha temple.