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The Chariots of Belief: The Spectacle that Rath Yatra is

Yashdeep Bajpai




As the parched sunburnt Earth is, now, drenched by the first showers of monsoon, the atmosphere satiate the sweet smell of the rejuvenation. In the month of Ashadh, the Lord comes out of the Sanctum Sanctorum to give the most coveted Darshana to his devotees.

The Car or Chariot Festival


The most important festival of Lord Jagannath which draws millions of devotees from around the country and different parts of the world to Puri in Odisha.It is also believed that those who take part in this festival are known to earn their passage to Heaven.

Snana Purnima


This festival begins on the day of Snana Purnima when the three deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra take a prolonged bath. Post this bath, the deities retire for fifteen days and remain in isolation and no public worship is performed during this time.

The Gods come out


After the fifteen days of isolation, Jagganath, Balabhadra and Subhadra idols are mounted on their respective rathas, and so begins the Rath Yatra. It generally starts in the monsoon, and the thundering chariots amidst the rains are a sight to behold and give experience of a lifetime. In terms of gaiety and colour, it is unimaginable as Rath Yatra being second to any other festival.

Juggernaut’s Origins


It’s believed that the etymological origin of the English word Juggernaut derives from the Mega-sized Rathas. These three separate Rathas have separate features and sizes.

The chariot for Jagannath is about 45 feet high and takes about 2 months to build. The artists and painters of Puri decorate the cars with bright motifs and art.

Gundicha Temple


The Rathas are brought out to the Bada Danda and travel to the Shri Gundicha Temple where they stay for nine days.Thereafter, the deities again ride the chariots back to Shri Mandir in bahuda yatra.

Equality in Worship, ‘The sweeping Gajapati’


The most significant ritual associated with the Ratha-Yatra is the Chhera Pahara where the Gajapati King wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps all around the deities and chariots and sprinkle sandalwood water on the path. This signified that in the eyes of Lord Jagannath, there is no distinction between the powerful sovereign Gajapati and the most humble devotee. It is also seen in the main offering to the Lord the common rice cake consumed by everyone in Odisha,the Poda Pitha and no dainty stuff.

Intense Fervour and Deep Reverence

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The sacred journey of the Gods is highly revered by the masses but the highlight of this festival is undoubtedly the stupendous and gorgeous chariots which will take your breath away. In terms of splendor, devotion, grandeur and liveliness, it is one of the grandest and most memorable spectacles of India. The God of the people rides to give Darshana even to the underrated deprived, in his procession everyone is an equal participant, pulling the Rathas to the immortal culmination of devotion and fervor.

This Rath Yatra allows the human soul to be driven by the pure unconditional love for the Supreme and its creation, is a reminder of the Nature’s Cycle of change, as is with the World. Nothing is stationary, and is always moving and ever-expanding.

” He who knows the fire that is within himself shall ascend unto the eternal fire and dwell in it eternal. ” -The Emerald TabletsA normal, unassuming college going ephebe who has a flair for searching bliss in Antiquity, generally in written form. Mythology, History, Indology, Cultural Anthropology, Architecture, Thoth in flesh and bones, a trivia buff always ready to learn and grow, firmly believes in -- if you want to change the masses for good, educe them instead of inducing them.

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7 things you missed at Sanatkada festival 2018

Harsh Chaturvedi




Sanatkada festival, well that’s no regular festival that we celebrate on a certain occasion. By that, I really mean everything I said in the first place. Thousands of people from across the country as well as the globe embraced the brilliant events I’m about to enlist, wish everyone reading this would’ve had the same chances:

The setting at Sanatkada


An evening worth beholding is what this festival is all about. The moment you enter the jaw dropping classy edifice, you’ll definitely see the walls humming “all eyes on me”

Stage on fire


Apart from the dazzling lights and eye-popping high-profile faces, the center stage was the talk for days, highly talented artists performing plays, poetry and many other art forms seriously lit the stage on fire.

What to choose?


Ever had a shopping phobia where you weren’t able to choose one because all were the best, guess what you missed that awesome chance again as different types of fabrics were the sensation for the women.

Need an antacid


Too much food can get you in trouble but what if you’re surrounded by one of the best dishes to choose from? From the mouth-watering burgers and rolls to the blissful desserts, the palate’s all set.

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Page crisis


Book lovers had their fair share of fun as a thousand pages came to life, each telling their own tale.

Movie time


Generally movie screenings are a normal-ish sort of event, but this stereotype broke this year when the movie festival fused all the different talents from across the globe and gave a plethora of ideas on movie making.

Bricks never die

They say a human body rests in peace after the life’s eternal journey, but a mansion never sees the light of one such day. The Salem house right next to the festival ground speaks for itself, those big halls and high ceilings furnished with a nice hunt, scream their tale only heard by the ones who pass by.

Anyway, not everyone gets that chance to have all the good things wrapped in a bunch to savour for a lifetime. No worries if you’ve missed these tastier events. Fret not, you’ll get that chance again. See you next year Lucknow!

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Why You Should Be Proud To Be An Indian?





Unity in diversity

India is one of oldest, living civilizations that is at least 30,000 years old! With 17.5% of the world’s population living here, our country is home to more than two thousand ethnic groups with every major religion represented.


Inventor of Brain games
Chess is known to have originated in India way back in 6th century AD. This game of the kings found its origins in an ancient Indian game ‘Chaturanga’, from which modern chess is known to have evolved.

Superior mathematical prowess


Some very advanced mathematical discoveries of the world such as Calculus and advanced Trigonometry find their roots in India. The ancient Hindu symbol of a circle with a dot in the middle called the ‘bindu’, which meant ‘void’ was instrumental in representing the concept of zero.

Tolerant and inclusive

Move over the debate of intolerance; what could be bigger and better than being a part of the world’s largest democracy where over 1.2 billion people live in a harmonious, peaceful and progressive environment. The proof of our democratic values lie in the fact that we have a polling station in the middle of Gir forest for just one voter.

The best in moving making


Bollywood is one of the largest centers of film production in the world and is the globe’s biggest movie industry in terms of people employed and films produced.

Fourth estate as the guardian of our values

We also have the largest number of news channels in the world and are the world’s largest market for newspapers. This just goes to show how our fourth estate stands tall as a cornerstone of our democracy, upholding our secular values.

Second largest records

We are the world’s 2nd largest English-speaking nation and hold the second place as the country with the largest numbers of scientists and engineers. We are also the second largest producer of small cars.

Best in innovation


India is the only country in the world after the USA and Japan to have built a super computer indigenously. Our Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), ‘Mangalyaan’ is the first Asian and fourth nation worldwide to reach Mars. We are also the first country in the world to do so in its first attempt and the maker of the cheapest Mars mission ever.

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The 69th Republic Day of India is around the corner and here we are thinking about what kind of patriotism we cherish. India is a country of vast cultures, traditions, religions and a glorious history. Our country has witnessed a struggling past with people fighting for complete freedom. India is usually termed as a place where martyrs like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh were born to glorify the nation. Little do we realize, behind every successful man there is an even stronger woman with a realistic approach. There have been women freedom fighters whose contribution to the freedom struggle has been magnificent. Unfortunately, these women have lost their identity in the pages of history amidst the men who took the limelight. This Republic Day, let’s celebrate the courage of those women who never failed to fight for the nation.


She was a 22-year-old lady who fulfilled her responsibility both as the country’s daughter and the mother to her son. She was the symbol of heroism, courage and leadership during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Fearlessly, she fought the Britishers in the battlefield till her last breath.

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The lady who conquered the throne of Awadh, becoming the reason why people began toprotest the East India Company. She is said to be the sole reason whose courage led the British out of Awadh.


She is remembered as one of the first freedom activists in India who was fearless and courageous. She led an armed rebellion against the British rule, losing her life during the struggle.


The founder of the Home Rule Society, she was known as one of the greatest women in the history of India. She dreamt of an Independent India where she herself designed the flag. She became the first ever Indian woman to hoist the Indian Freedom Struggle flag in Germany.


A woman who did not fear the dark closed walls of a prison, even the negativity of that place didn’t scare her. Other than participating in the freedom struggle, she also held a hunger strike for proper treatment of political prisoners.


Married at the age of 8, she left her family to become the first female criminal lawyer of India. She ignited the feeling of nationalism in people, started educational programs and practiced rehabilitation of needy women children.


A lady who during the Quit India Movement 1942 started an underground secret radio station in India. The sole motive of this radio was to transfer important messages of Gandhi from jail directly to the public. She also faced an imprisonment of four years for this act but did not give up in front of the British power.

It is beautifully quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt, “A woman is like a tea bag- you can’t tell how strong she is until you out her in hot water.” The ignited fire for complete independence was burning within every citizen of the country. Where the men led every movement, people must realize that there were these women who became the real heroes. They came up with courage, bypassing the barriers of gender, fighting like a warrior till the end. Their names might not be prevalent, but their souls surely remain to beautify the history of this country named, India.


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