Jagannath Temple - Gundicha Mata Temple
Gundicha is the name of a Queen, who was the wife of King Indradyuma. King Indradyuma established the Puri Jagannath Temple in the courage of his wife's devotion. In exchange of her hearted love, Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra visits the Gundicha's temple every year and stays few days there.
Just before a day to Jagannath Rath Yatra, devotees clean the entire temple and this traditional ritual is known as Gundicha Marjan.
Puri Jagannath Yatra - Snana Yatra
Puri Jagannatha Rath Yatra is such an immense festival that its preparations begin much before the convocation of main day. Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra are given royal bath around 18 days before the beginning of Car Festival. This ritual bath is known as Snana Yatra. The ritual of Snana Yatra is performed on the Purnima day (Full Moon Day) of the Jyeshtha month. This Purnima day is popularly known as Jyeshtha Purnima.
Puri Jagannatha Rath Yatra - Hera Panchami
Hera Panchami is a unique festival at the Gundicha Temple. 'Hera' means to 'see' and 'Panchami' means the 'fifth day'. On the fifth day of the Ratha Yatra Festival, Goddess Lakshmi becomes very worried for her husband Lord Jagannath. She visits Gundicha Temple on the 5th day of searching Lord Jagannath. She found her husband but main doors of Gundicha temple are suddenly closed. She returns with a heavy heart and in a fit of anger breaks a small part of the Nandighosa chariot (the chariot of Lord Jagannath) and returns secretly to the main temple via Hera Gohri Sahi. It is all to teach a lesson to her beloved husband.
Puri Jagannatha Rath Yatra - Bahuda Jatra
Jagannath Yatra goes on for next eight days. After that, Lord Jagannath moves back to his main house. The returning journey of Lord Jagannath is known as Bahuda Jatra (a return journey). Bahuda Yatra falls on the eighth day after Jagannatha Rath Yatra begins. Hence, the date that falls is the 10th, which is called as Dashami. While Bahuda Yatra is on, Lord Jagannatha takes a short visit at Mausi Maa Temple. This temple is devoted to Goddess Ardhashini.
The main point to notice is that Lord Jagannath returns to his main house exactly before the Devshayani Ekadashi, as on this Ekadashi Lord Jagannath moves to a sleep of four months.
Car Festival - International Devotees Attraction
The international followers attract this famous Temple Car is originally Jagannatha Yatra.
Puri Jagannatha Rath Yatra or Jagannath Yatra is one of the biggest tourist attractions in India. It holds spiritual significance and millions of devotees may part of this auspicious festival. Puri Jagannatha Rath Yatra, also known as Temple Car or Car Festival, we hope you get the immense blessings of Almighty.