Bharatnatyam dance perform during the 47th Jagannath Rath Yatra Mahotsav celebration organised at Jagannath Temple, Thyagraj – Delhi. The Jagannath Rath Yatra is organised each year in Delhi.
Ratha yatra, the Festival of Chariot : Chariots of Shri Jagannath is celebrated each year at Puri, the temple town in Odisha, on the second (dwitiya) day of shukla pakshya (waxing cycle of moon) of Ashadh Maas (3rd month in Lunar Calendar). The festival is also known as Gundicha Jatra, Ghosa Jatra, Navadina Jatra, Dasavatara Jatra and by a variety of other names. The presiding deities of the Jagannath Temple, Puri’s main temple, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, with the celestial wheel (Sudarshana Chakra) are taken out from the temple precincts in an elaborate ritual procession to their respective chariots. The huge, colourfully decorated chariots are drawn by multitude of devotees on the bada danda, the grand chance to the Gundicha Temple (Gundicha – King Indradyumna’s Queen), two miles away to the North. On their way back from the Gundicha Temple, the three deities stop for a while near the Mausi Maa Temple (Aunt’s abode) and have an offering of the Poda Pitha, which is a special type of pancake supposed to be the Lord’s favourite. With a stay for seven days, the deities return to their abode.
Three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets of Puri called Badadanda. The three chariots of Balarama, Subhadra and Jagannatha are newly constructed each year with wood of specified trees like phassi, dhausa, etc. They are habitually brought from the ex-princely state of Dasapalla by a specialist team of carpenters who have hereditary rights and privileges for the same. The logs are traditionally set afloat as rafts in the river Mahanadi. These are collected near Puri and then transported by road. Lord Jagannatha’s Chariot is called Nandighosa. It is forty-five feet high and forty-five feet square at the wheel level. It has sixteen wheels, each of seven-foot diameter, and is decked with a cover made of red and yellow cloth.
This commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and their sister Subhadra to their aunt’s temple, the Gundicha Temple which is situated at a distance of 2 km from their temple. 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; the chariots are built anew each year only from a particular type of tree. Millions of devotees congregate at Puri for this annual event from all over the country and abroad. It is also broadcast live on many Indian, foreign television channels as well as many of the websites telecast jagannath ratha yatra live.
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Dance performance by international dancer Ms. Irina Iskorostenskaia and her colleague.
Ms. Irina Iskorostenskaia is from Russia. She started learning Dance at the age of 6 at the Ballet School in Moscow. Initially she joined private tuition from Smt. Nirmala Ramachandran,in Moscow later she joined “Kalakshetra” (Chennai) and graduated with ‘First Class’ diploma. She teaches Bharatanatyam dance under the auspices of JNCC, Moscow. She is one of the founders and the Director of “Nritya Sabha”- the Foundation of Indian Cultural Heritage Heritage Studies. Apart from teaching dance, Irina widely performs along with her students and colleagues, gives lectures demonstrations and workshops.
3rd International Dance Festival:
The ICCR is organising the 3rd International Dance Festival, showcasing performances by foreign artistes, who have achieved high level of proficiency in Indian Classical dance. The first International Dance Festival was held during 2-4 August 2010 in New Delhi. The Festival has showcased a rich variety of Dance forms from the Indian Classical Dance heritage ranging from Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak and Kathakali
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