Issue Date:12th JULY 2010
Usually the deities - Jagannath (Krishna), Balarama and Subhadra are worshiped within the temple, but on the day of the Rath festival they are taken through the streets so that everyone can have the fortune of seeing them. Three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets of Puri. This commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balarama, and their sister Subhadra to their aunt' s temple, the Gundicha Temple which is situated at a distance of 2 km from their temple. New chariots are built every year. This is the only day when devotees who are not allowed in the temple premises such as non-Hindus and foreigners, can get their glimpse of the deities. During the festival, devotees from all over the World go to Puri with an earnest desire to help pull Lords' chariot with the help of other priests pulling the chariots with ropes. They consider this a pious deed and risk their lives in the huge crowd. The huge processions accompanying the chariots play devotional songs with drums, tambourines, trumpets etc. Children line the streets through which the chariot will pass and add to the mass chorus. The Rath carts themselves are some approximately 45 feet (14 m) high and are pulled by the thousands of pilgrims who turn up for the event. Millions of devotees congregate at Puri for this annual event from all over the country and abroad. It is also telecast live on many Indian channels and International channels.MORE DETAILS
Remark:One of the most beautiful FDC by India post.All the materials are available on the issue date but with very limited quantity so I am not able to post same to all my Philatelic friends abroad .I want to post this FDC to all as the theme is on our state Orissa-Puri and we are proud for this festival.Thanks to my friends for posting this FDC to me by Registered and Speed post on the issue date.