Many of us wait for the celebration of Rath Yatra. Unlike every year, in 2022, Rath Yatra will be celebrated on the 1st Day of July, 2022. It will be Friday on the 1st Day of July 2022. However, Rath Yatra has particular puja timings. You must have a clear conception about the puja timings and shubh muhurat.
Puja Timing of Rath Yatra
The puja will commence on 1st April 2022 at 11 am. The puja will end at 11 am to 19 minutes on the 2nd Day of April 2022. You have to make all the puja preparations before that time. However, it is a seven-day long festival. Once the Rath Yatra commences from the temple, it will return after seven days. To continue the favor of the puja, the temple authorities plan for fairs and other cultural events.
You can perform anything within the puja timings. It will be good for you and your family. It may also bring good luck to your life. A special Prasad is made during this puja. It is distributed to the devotees after the end of the puja.
About Rath Yatra festival
There is a long story behind the celebration of Rath Yatra. Let us try to explore the story. Once all the gopis of Rohini, wife of the moon, requested her to plan for a visit to Lord Krishna’s Rasleela. However, she refused to go because of the presence of Subhadra. When Subhadra went out after getting some hints, she heard that Rohini was planning to go to Shri Krishna’s Rasleela. Just during this time, Lord Krishna and Balaram stood by her side and started listening to them. During that Lord Narada came and advised them to appear in the temple and take the form of Shri Jagannath, Shri Balvadra, and Subhadra.
The story dates back to 5,000 years ago. It was found that to kill Lord Krishna and Balaram, their maternal uncle Kamsa called them to Mathura. To go to that place, they took the human form during the Dwapara Yug. On the 8th day of the month, they performed miraculous feats and decided to stay in Puri during the Kali Yuga. Through this story, Puri became the home of Lord Jagannath. A beautiful temple was erected for Lord Jagannath. Thus from that commenced the concept of Rath Yatra.
The story of Rath Yatra commences from the funeral of Lord Krishna. Deeply saddened by this, Lord Balaram attempted to drown himself along with the body of Lord Krishna. However, Indradyumna, king of Puri, got the floating body of Lord Krishna. From this, they started making the body of Jagannaath, Balvadra, and Subhadra. On reaching the ashes of Lord Krishna, the king started making the statues with wood. The figures were made by Lord Vishwakarma, who is God’s architect. He had one condition that no one could open the door during his construction process. But out of impatience, the king opened the door, and Lord Vishwakarma vanished. This is why we get to see some incomplete parts on the statues.