Puri: The divine feeling of being with the Lord of the Universe, the avataar of Lord Vishnu is Lord Jagannath. It is a spiritual blessing to have his darshan when Lord Jagannath along with his siblings Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra embark on a journey along to the Bada Danda or Grand Road of Puri to their Aunt (Mausimaa’s) home. During this sojourn, the Lords spend nine days with their aunt, a place which is said to be their birthplace.
The Rath Yatra is a unique festival. While entry into the Jagannath Temple is restricted to the Hindus only, the Holy Trinity come out of the Shrimandir and bless one and all.
During this period, there are no restrictions. People, irrespective of caste, creed, colour, nativity, nationality and religion can have darshan of the living deities and offer their prayers.
This uniqueness linked to the Jagannath Temple and Puri has attracted people from foreign origin to the get connected with the Jagannath cult. While many devotees from western and eastern countries throng Puri during the Rath Yatra, some of them stay here for days together, even after the festival ends.
Others, drenched with devotion return to their homeland with memories of this beautiful and sanctified land.
On Thursday, when the Holy Trinity were seated on the chariots were beaming with grandiosity, their devotees were dancing to the religious hymns. The sight of two young women devotees from Columbia were performing Odissi, was magnificent. Their devotion was exemplary.
“Lord Jagannath means everything to us. He is the Lord of the Universe. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity when the Holy Trinity come out of the temple and give darshan on the Grand Road,” they said.
The duo added, “Lord Jagannath is family to us. Not only in Columbia, people in Peru, Chile and other Latin Amercian countries celebrate Rath Yatra with much vigour and devotion.”