Puri Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) 2010 and Sand Sculpture Tribute by Sudarsan Pattnaik

Wiki: Ratha Jatra (Oriya: ରଥଯାତ୍ରା) is a huge Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Orissa, India during the months of June Most of the city's society is based around the worship of Jagannath (Krishna) with the ancient temple being the fulcrum of the area. The festival commemorates Lord Jagannath's annual visit to his aunt's home.


This year Rath Yatra was on yesterday, 12th July 2010.

Sudarsan pattnaik, a world famous sand artist from Orissa, annually pays tribute to Puri Rath Yatra by creating a Sand Sculpture on Puri Beach based on the Ratha Yatra theme. For Puri Rath Yatra 2010, Sudarsan pattnaik chose to spread the message of universal brotherhood.



World champion sand artist Sudarsan pattnaik on Wednesday created sand sculpture of lord Jagannath and behind him 3 chariot on the eve of Rath Yatra on Puri beach. Pattnaik created 5ft high sand sculpture with using colour sand. It took 5hrs using 10 tones of sand with his students of sand art institute.

Rath Yatra is an occasion where devotees, irrespective of religion, caste, class and creed get an opportunity to see the presiding deities. “In 14th century poet Balram Das, popularly known as Mattha Balaram, had created a chariot on sand while he was not allowed to have the holy glimpse of Lord on the chariot for being non-Brahmin. Disappointed Balaram came to the Puri Banki Muhana sea beach and built three chariots for Lord Jagannath, brother Balbhadra and sister Subhadra on sand”. So, through my art, I want to spread the message of universal brotherhood that how Lord Jagannath clinches people from all religion, said Sudarsan.


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