Rath Yatra Sudarsan Pattnaik
Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik has created a beautiful idol of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra to pay tribute to the mega annual event. Mr Patnaik on Friday took to his official Twitter handle to share the beautiful artwork created at the Puri beach.
“Jai Jagannath. On the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra. My sand art at Puri beach,” read the caption of the post. It featured 125 sand chariots, a replica of the grand event that is celebrated with much pomp and joy in Odisha.
Mr Patnaik also posted a special message through his art and wrote, “On this Rath Yatra, let us pledge to “Say No to Single Use Plastic” and keep our environment clean.” Rath Yatra Sudarsan Pattnaik.
While this festival is native to the state of Odisha, it is celebrated with pomp and joy in many other parts of the country.
Mr Patnaik’s post has garnered over 9,000 likes and hundreds of retweets since it was shared this morning. Most of his followers and other Twitter users wrote “Jai Jagannath” in honor of the deity.
The Rath Yatra, which marks the nine-day stay of Lord Jagannath and his siblings at the Gundicha temple, is held every year on the second day of Shukla Paksha in June or July according to the Hindu calendar. This year’s festival has started from 1st July.
Every year, three chariots are made for the event of Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra. Lakhs of devotees pull these chariots as the deities move towards the Gundicha temple.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and many other dignitaries greeted the people on the occasion.
‘People fear riots during Rath Yatra under Congress rule’: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday hit out at the Congress, saying people were afraid of riots when the Rath Yatra was taken out during their rule in Gujarat.
“During the Congress rule, when the Rath Yatra was taken out, people were afraid that there would be riots. During that time he also tried to take the chariot. The power to do anything bad,” said Amit Shah in Gandhinagar.
He is scheduled to participate in the Rath Yatra celebrations. Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday performed ‘Mangal Aarti‘ at Shri Jagannathji Temple ahead of the 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra.
Earlier today, Amit Shah attended the inauguration ceremony of the entrance block of Shree Swaminarayan University and the foundation stone laying ceremony of 750-bed PSM Hospital at Saij village in Gandhinagar.
Rath Yatra, also known as the chariot festival of Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra, is the most prominent Hindu festival in the city of Puri, Odisha.
This festival takes place every year on the second day of Shukla Paksha in the month of June or July. This year this festival is falling on 1st July. Rath Yatra Sudarsan Pattnaik.