Sri Ratha Yatra Festival
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Jagannath Puri, Odisha
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam
"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas,
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart
guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our
most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to
Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."
vaisnavera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhista tahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs'
name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of
Vaishnavs, and I am elated at the name of Vaishnavs."
gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna
"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one
becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."
Lord Baladev Prabhu is coming to the chariot as devotees rejoice, chanting and dancing.
Lord Jagannathdev stepping out.
On the right: devotees bringing paraphernalia for decoration Their Lordships.
Lord Baladev and Lady Subhadra
The holy chakra of the temple of Lord Jagannath.
The current guardian guru of the devotees and priests at Sri Jagannathdev's Temple arriving to take darshan of the Lordships and blessing the commencement of the festival.
On the right: King Gajapati humbly and prayerfully sweeping the chariots.
The King greeting the devotees and rejoicing at the festival.
Lord Baladev is setting out in His Taladvaj chariot.
As the king performs worship and services at other chariots (on the left), the chariot of Lord Balaram is proceeding on (on the right).
Lord Baladev's chariot is moving on.
On the left: Laksmi Devi's Deity on the temple of Lord Jagannath
On the right: Lady Subhadra is starting out in Her Padmadhvaj (Darpadalan) chariot.
On the left: the chariot of Lord Baladev passing Sri Narayan Chhata (Sri Gaudiya Math, the birthplace of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur). On the right: Bird's-eye view of Lady Subhadra's chariot.
Finally, Lord Jagannathdev's Nandighosh chariot is starting out.
The chariots of Lord Baladev and Lady Subhadra arriving at their destination—Sri Gundicha Temple (Sundarachal).
In the evening, His Divine Grace mercifully grants His darshan to the fortunate souls reflecting on the pastimes of Lord Jagannath and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
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