When we talk of Lord Jagannath, the first thing that comes to our minds is the Puri Rath Yatra, the oldest Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath.
But there in another such famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, The Rathayatra of Serampore Mahesh or simply, Ratha Yatra of Mahesh, which is the second oldest chariot festival in India and World, taking place since 1396.
Taking place in Serampore (Hooghly district) of West Bengal, the Rath Yatra of Mahesh is a week-long festival in which people gather in huge numbers to pull the long ropes (Rosshi) attached to the chariot of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra.
The chariot of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra travel from the Mahesh Jagannath temple to the Serampore Mahesh Gundicha Bari, the Lord Garden House, where he stays for eight days and then returns back to the temple.
Every year around 2 – 3 lakh devotees come to Serampore to be a part of the Ratha Yatra of Mahesh.
The chariot used for this Rath Yatra has been changing constantly since 1397. The current chariot is made or iron. It is around 50 feet tall and weighs 125 tons. Running on 12 wheels of diameter 4 feet the rath is four storied with two wooden horses and a chariot driver.
The first story of the chariot contains wooden figures of Chaitanyalila, second and third store contains Krishnalila and Ramlila respectively while the top story houses the gigantic wooden idol of Jagannath.
In 2017, Rath Yatra of Mahesh will take place on Sunday, 25th June 2017.
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