Every year on Ashadha Shukla Dwitiya, people around the world celebrate the very rare occasion in which Bhagawan steps out of his abode on the road to ride to His aunt's home with His divine siblings. Ratha Yatra is a very unique festival celebrated around the world to mimic the annual journey of Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra from the Puri Temple, Odisha, India (Shri Mandir) to the Gundicha Temple via Mausi Maa Temple near Balagandi Chaka, Puri.
The divine siblings stay in the Gundicha Temple for nine days. Thereafter, they again ride the chariots back to Shri Mandir in bahuda yatra also called "ulto rath".
Shri Mandir (Puri Temple) has entry-restrictions. However, this is one time when Bhagawan (Jagannath) steps out of His abode to the streets for everyone to have His darshan.
Did you know that the chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra had names? Nandighosa, Taladhwaja, Dwarpadalanaa are the names of the raths of the divine siblings respectively.
Ratha Yatra conveys the message of humility and devotion.
If God steps down from His pedestal to reach out to us, can't we make an attempt to overcome our ego and reach out to our friends and family?
This is the crux of the message of Ratha Yatra.
Shubha Ratha Yatra!