The mythological story behind Rath Yatra
The mythological story behind Rath Yatra

1. To kill Lord Krishna and Balram, Kansa, their maternal uncle, invited them to Mathura. He sent Akrur with a chariot to Gokul. As asked, Lord Krishna, along with Balram, sat on the chariot and left for Mathura. The devotees celebrate this day of departure as Rath Yatra.Euphoric devotees celebrated the day when Lord Krishna, after defeating the evil Kansa, gave them darshan in Mathura in a chariot with his brother, Balaram.

2. Devotees in Dwarika commended the day when Lord Krishna, joined by Balaram, took Subhadra – his sister, for a ride on a chariot to demonstrate the city’s wonder.

3. When Lord Krishna’s rulers asked for mother Rohini to portray the numerous intriguing desirous scenes (ras lilas) of Lord Krishna with the Gopis. Rohini- – thinking of it as inappropriate of Subhadra to hear such scenes (Leela)- – sent her away. Still, the Vrajkatha soon ingested Subhadra alongside Krishna and Balram, who at this point had shown up on the scene. While they were totally fascinated with the stories arrived Narad. On finding the kin standing together unmoving, he supplicated, “May you three award darshan in this way for eternity.” The aid was conceded. Furthermore, the three everlastingly live in the Puri Temple of the Lord Jagannath.


Lastly, a story which has been passed on from mouth to mouth, tells what happened after the cremation of Lord Krishna’s mortal body.

At the point when Shri Krishna was being cremated in Dwarika, Balaram, tremendously disheartened with the improvement, surged out to suffocate himself into sea with Krishna’s somewhat cremated body. He was trailed by Subhadra. In the meantime, on the eastern shore of India, King Indradyumna of Jagannath Puri envisioned that the Lord’s body would drift up to the Puri’s shores. He ought to fabricate a monstrous statue in the city and bless the wooden statues of Krishna, Balaram and Subhadra.
The bones (asthi) of Lord Krishna’s body should be put in the hollow in the statue’s back. The dream came true. The king found the splinters of bone (asthi) and took them. But the question was who would carve the statues. It is believed that the Gods’ architect, Vishwakarma, arrived as an old carpenter. He made it clear that while carving the statues nobody should disturb him, and in case anybody did, he would vanish leaving the work unfinished.

Some months passed. The impatient Indradyumna opened the door of Vishwakarma’s room. Vishwakarma disappeared immediately as he had warned before. Despite the unfinished statues, the king sanctified them; placing Lord Krishna’s holy cinders in the hollow of the statue and installed them in the temple.

A majestic procession is carried out with the statues of Lord Krishna, Balaram and Subhadra, every year, in three gigantic chariots. The huge chariots are pulled by devotees from Janakpur to the temple in Jagannath Puri. The statues are changed every 12 years–the new ones being incomplete also.

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