The Puri Rath Yatra festival in India can be counted amongst the grandest and the biggest festivals of the world. The main highlight of the Puri Rath Yatra festival in India is the sacred journey of the deity and with brother and sister from the main Puri temple to the Gundicha Temple. In this temple, they stay for 9 long days. The deity of the Puri Rathyatra is Lord Jagannath and his brother and sister are Balabhadra and Subhadra respectively. The three deities are carried in mammoth sized traditional chariots which are pulled by hundreds and thousands of devotees. Thus, the Puri rath yatra or chariot journey makes for a spectacular scene that draws tourists from different parts of the globe.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Here is a piece of good news for all the pilgrimage loving tourists, trekkers, adventurers and mountain lovers! The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has unveiled an all-new trekking route to reach the divine destination - Kailash Mansarovar. This newly discovered lost trekking route stretches from Gala to Kathgodam. This route has an ancient significance. This ancient stretch is believed to be the fabled route of Kailash-Mansarovar yatra. The battalion who discovered this beautiful trek path was headed by chief Nimbadia. The team was finally successful in tracing the route after six long expeditions. According to Hindu mythology, Mount Kailash is the place where Lord Shiva dwells. At the foot of the mountain sits the holy Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. The existent routes are hazardous being prone to landslides and earthquakes. This newly found route will be particularly helpful to divert the pilgrims to an alternative route when the main routes are blocked by natural calamities. The officer believes that the Kailash Mansarovar route also has historical significance. The famous Dogra warrior - Zorawar Singh and his military troupe had traced this route to attack and conquer Tibet. Nimbadia, who believes this route to be an excellent road for hikers has collected the historical maps, photos, letters and records of this ancient Kailash Mansarovar route in his book 'Kumaon aur Kailash'. A new found route to the magnificent Kailash Mountain definitely comes as good news to Indian tourism and to all those travellers who have a special place in their heart for the Mighty Himalayas.