Last Updated on 13 July 2021, 4:55 PM IST: All preparations for the Rath Yatra 2021, which began, have been completed, according to the administration of Puri’s Sri Jagannath Temple. Workers and priests have been preparing for the big day, as the Rath Yatra is one of the largest Yatras held each year. Rath Yatra is an annual festival associated with Lord Jagannath held in Puri, Odisha. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the revered Lord Jagannath festival in the pilgrim town of Puri will begin from 12 July and will end on 20 July 2021 without the participation of devotees, as it was last year.
Rath Yatra 2021: Highlights
- Rath Yatra is a yearly festival that is observed in Puri, Odisha, and several other parts of the country.
- This year marks the 144th Rath Yatra of the Lord, also known as the chariot festival.
- On this day, Lord Jagannatha, brother Balabhadra, and sister Subhadra are said to have left the temple.
- Almighty God Kabir Ji stopped the sea from destroying the Jagannath Temple.
- Parmeshwar Kabir Sahib Ji disguised as craftsmen and created the idols of Jagannath temple.
- Supreme God Kabir Saheb Ji is the real Lord Jagannath who created infinite universes.
Rath Yatra 2021: Why Is Rath Yatra Festival Celebrated?
Lord Jagannatha, brother Balabhadra, and sister Subhadra are said to have left their regular abode from the main temple to pay their respects to Queen Gundicha, wife of the legendary King Indradyumna, who built the Puri Jagannatha temple in their honor. Rath Yatra is an annual festival associated with Lord Jagannath held in Puri, Odisha. This year marks the 144th Rath Yatra of the Lord, also known as the chariot festival. Lord Jagannatha’s annual visit to Gundicha Mata temple is commemorated by Ratha Yatra. Continue reading further in order to know about the secret behind the construction of Jagannath temple.
Rath Yatra 2021: The Unknown Story of Jagannath Temple
Many centuries ago, in the state of Orissa, there was a king named Indradaman. He was completely dedicated to Shri Krishna Ji. Shri Krishna appeared in the king’s dream one night and said, ‘Get a temple built by the name Jagannath.’ Shri Krishna Ji also stated that idol worship would not be not permitted in the temple. Only a saint must remain in it to impart knowledge to visitors through the Holy Gita. He also showed the location on the bank where the temple would be built. The king had the temple built in the location shown in the dream by Shri Krishna Ji on the seashore. A cyclone arose after the temple was built and destroyed it. There was no trace that there had ever been a temple here. The king had the temple built five times in this manner. It was destroyed by the sea on all five occasions.
Almighty God Kabir Appeared in King Indradaman’s Fort
As a result of his disappointment, the king decided not to construct the temple. After a while, the Supreme God (KavirDev/God Kabir) appeared to King Indradaman in the form of a Saint and said to him, ‘You construct the temple. The sea will not destroy the temple this time.’ ‘Indradaman, the Parmeshwar who created all the brahmands, only He is capable of doing everything; not other gods,’ God Kabir said, ‘I have that Parmeshwar’s ‘word’ power. I can stop the sea.’ The King replied that Shri Krishna was unable to bring the sea to a halt. ‘Saint Ji, I cannot accept that there is another God more powerful than Shri Krishna Ji,’ the king said. ‘What can you do when even he cannot stop the sea? I don’t believe it.’ In Saint form, KavirDev said, ‘King, if you want to build the temple, come to me. I live in such and such a location.’ God went away after saying this.
Lord Krishna Re-appeared in Indradaman’s Dream
That night, Shri Krishna appeared before King Indradaman once more and said, ‘Indradaman, have the temple built once more. Contact the saint who had come to you and ask for His Mercy. His bhakti-power knows no bounds.’ King Indradaman traveled to the location described by Parmeshwar in Saint form. When they found Kabir Prabhu, the anonymous Saint, they asked Him to stop the sea. God Kabir Ji said, ‘Build a platform on the seashore in the direction from which the sea rises, and I will do the bhakti of God and stop the sea.’ The sculptors built a platform for the king out of a large stone. Parmeshwar Kabir took a seat on it. For the sixth time, construction of the temple began.
The Sea Could Not Stand the Power of God Kabir
A few days later, seawater rose to a height of forty feet, causing a cyclone, and moved quickly towards the temple. Kabir Parmeshwar sat on the platform. He raised His one hand in the manner of a blessing. The sea remained and stood upright like a mountain; it could not move forward. The sea manifested itself in the form of a Brahmin and said to God, who was sitting on the platform, ‘Lord, you give way to me. I’m going to demolish the temple.’ God Kabir replied, ‘This is not a temple. This is an ashram (monastery). It will be inhabited by a learned person who will teach the Holy Gita Ji. It is not appropriate for you to destroy it.’
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‘Why are you doing this?’ asked Parmeshwar Kabir Sahib Ji. ‘When this Shri Krishna Ji had come to the Treta Yuga in Shri Ramchandra form, he had asked me to give way while showing me the fire arrow and reprimanding me bitterly. I’m going to exact my vengeance.’ said the sea in Brahmin form. ‘You have already exact your vengeance,’ Parmeshwar Kabir Ji said. ‘Dwarika has been submerged by you.’ On this, the sea in Brahmin form said, ‘I have submerged only half the region of Dwarka, some powerful Saint is sto pping me to submerge the complete area there also.’ To this, Kabir Saheb said, ‘It’s me who was stopping you there as well but now you can go there and can sink the whole region except the place where last rites of Krishna ji were done.’
‘From now on, you must never attempt to demolish this Jagannath temple, and you must leave this palace,’ Parmeshwar Kabir Ji said. The sea bowed down and moved approximately one and a half kilometers away from the temple in response to God’s command. In this manner, Shri Jagannath Ji’s temple, or Dhaam, was established.
The Real Story of Idols in Jagannath temple
A Siddh Mahatma of the Naath succession arrived while the temple was being built. ‘King, you are getting a very good temple; you should also install an idol in it,’ Naath Ji told the king. ‘What kind of temple would it be if there was no idol?’, Naath Ji gave the order to install one Shri Krishna Ji’s idol made of sandalwood. The king was then advised by other gurus-saints that God cannot live alone. He used to carry Shri Balram Ji with him at all times. Another one declared, sister Subhadra was God Shri Krishna Ji’s adoring sister; how could she live without her brother? It was decided to construct three idols. Three artisans were chosen. The idols shattered as soon as they were finished. The idols broke into pieces three times in this manner. The king became extremely concerned. He thought that, that auspicious deed was not in his destiny. ‘The temple is built and then demolished. The idols too are now crumbling.’
God Kabir Appeared as a Craftsman
Purna Parmatma Kabir God appeared in the royal court, disguised as an eighty-year-old craftsman. God in the form of a craftsman told the king, ‘I am a man of eighty years of age with sixty years of experience in making idols. A sandalwood idol cannot be created by every craftsman. If you allow me, your servant is present. King, give me a room, sitting in which I will make the idols of God’, said God Kabir. ‘I will close the door from the inside and create the idols with utmost purity. When these idols are complete, the door will be opened. If someone opens the door in the middle, the idols will remain to whatever extent they were formed.’ The king agreed and thanked God for sending the Craftsman.
Naath Ji arrived after twelve days. King informed him of the situation. Naath Ji stated, ‘The idols must be created. Make them right away. I’ll wait and see how they break.’ After knowing about the conditions of the craftsman, Naath Ji suggested, ‘We should go to see how He makes the idols. What will there be to see once they’ve been created? If they were not made correctly, we will have them made correctly.’ Saying this, Naath Ji, forced open the door and discovered three idols that had not had their digits of hands and toes made. The craftsman had vanished. The temple was built, and Naath Ji, seeing no other way out and being firm on his insistence, said, ‘Install the idols like this only; perhaps, this only is accepted by God. Shri Krishna appears to have come to make the idols.’
Real Jagannath Is Kabir Sahib Ji
Now, pious souls should consider how much truth has been suppressed simply by saying a Jagannath’s Leela. Sacred monuments are revered, but self-welfare is only possible through bhakti sadhana according to the Tatvgyan mentioned in the Holy Gita Ji and Holy Vedas, as well as given by Parmeshwar Kabir Ji; otherwise, human life will be wasted due to being contrary to the scriptures. Gita Adhyay 16 Mantra 23, 24 are examples of evidence. According to God’s order, it is only auspicious to sing the praise of the glory of the knowledge of Holy Gita Ji in the temple of Shri Jagannath, and welfare is only possible by following the way of worship mentioned in Srimad Bhagwat Gita. Otherwise, there is no benefit to simply visiting Jagannath Ji or eating Prasad of khichdi because this action is against the scripture, as evidenced by Adhyay 16 Mantra 23, 24.
Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj Is a Complete Saint
Satlok is always filled with supreme peace and happiness. One will not be able to achieve supreme peace, happiness, and immortality unless we reach Satlok forever. One can only reach Satlok if he/she takes Naam Initiation (Naam Diksha) from a Purna Saint (Complete Saint) and practices bhakti of the Supreme God throughout our lives. Presently, only Jagatguru Tatvdarshi Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj is the Complete Saint who is providing true mantras and true worship to His devotees. Everyone must take His refuge to worship the Real Jagannath.