Glories of Participating in Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra
It’s less than a month left now for the Rath Yatra to be held in Singapore on 3rd July 2016 at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium from 3pm-9pm. In our previous article we talked about the history of Rath Yatra in Puri and some interesting facts about it.
Let’s look at the significance of Rath Yatra in this article.
The Narada Purana (uttara kanda 52.12) reveals the conversation between Lord Narayana and Lakshmidevi about Purushottama kshetra (Jagannatha Puri),
pratimam tatra tam drstva svayam devena nirmitam
anayasena vai yanti bhavanam me tato narau
“A person who sees the Deities there built by the Lord Himself will easily find the path to reach My abode.” Anyone seeing the Deities of Lord Krshna, Balarama and Subhadra at Jagannatha Puri during their leisure outage of Rathayatra means buying a ticket to reach the Supreme Abode of Vaikuntha, the eternal world of no worries.
Rathe ca vamanam drstva punar janma na vidyate.
“Simply by seeing the Lord on the chariot, one makes advancement for stopping the repetition of birth and death.”
It is said that the participants in Rath Yatra will be blessed immensely by Lord Jagannatha (Krishna) such as
(1) By the sight of Jagannatha’s merciful large two eye globes, the devotee will be blessed with astute purity of mind and spiritual elevation;
(2) Observing the Rathayatra will dissipate the sins committed by the embodied person in the past births;
(3) The accompanying person in the Rathayatra will receive opulence at par with Lord Vishnu even if he hails from a poor family;
(4) Dancing, singing and chanting in the Ratharatra entourage, the participant will be elevated to a level superior to yogis; and
(5) Active participation in the Rathayatra by any means will receive the utmost blessings of Lord Jagannatha.
So we just saw how by simply participating in Rath Yatra and taking Darshan of the Supreme Lord Jagannatha gives us immense spiritual benefits. Let’s immerse ourselves in this unlimited mercy of the Lord by coming together to celebrate the Rath Yatra festival along with our families and friends on 3rd July 2016. See you there…