Ratha Yatra: Chariot festival of Jagannath in Puri
Ratha Yatra, the ancient annual festival of chariot journey by Jagannatha, the presiding deity of the great temple Srimandira at Puri, is one of the grandest spectacles on earth. Jagannatha along with siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra ride three colourful chariots in their annual sojourn to their garden house and birthplace Gundicha Temple where they stay for seven days before returning back. Full of drama, and panoply of rituals and ceremonies, Ratha Yatra is rooted in ancient traditions, myths and legends and embodies the most colourful elements of the classical and folk cultures of the Indian subcontinent and the Odisha region. It is the most succinct manifestation of the intangible heritage of India, alive and vibrant today at the great pilgrim town of Puri on the east coast of India, one of four most sacred cities of the country.