Sunday, February 2, 2014

rising waves
resound with the rhythm
of temple bells
composing melodies
for the Rath-Yatra by the sea
Atlas Poetica : Special Feature: Geography & Creative Imagination, Feb 2014 (Ed. Sonam Chhoki)

Ratha-Yatra (The Car Festival), annually celebrated by the Hindus, is associated with Lord Sri Jagannath, Puri, Odisha. It commemorates the journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and their sister Subhadra to their aunt’s temple, the Gundicha temple, which is about 2 km from the main temple. After nine days, the devotees bring back the deities to the main temple. The return journey is called Bahuda-Yatra.

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