First Rath Yatra - Gurukul Ahmedabad

107th Janma Jayanti of H. H. Shastriji Maharaj Shree Dharmajivandasji  
Ashadhi Bij – the day of Rath Yatra has a unique importance in Indian traditions. Jagannath Puri one of the chief shrines is worldwide famous for the Ratha Yatra of Bhagawan Shree Krushna (Jagannathji), Balbhadraji and Subhadraji.
At Ahmedabad since last 131 years, Rath Yatra is a gigantic event with devotional fervour. This year at Gurukul Ahmedabad, in new prayer hall along with Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Pran-Pratishtha of deities from various divine places is performed Including Shree Jagannath Bhagawan from Jagannath Puri, Pratishtha was performed with the holy hands of Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji.
Initiating the Ratha Yatra tradition of Jaganntha Puri, it was decided to arrange the very first Nagar-Yatra of Bhagwan Shree Jagannathaji, Balbhadraji and Subhadraji in western region of Ahmedabad.
With the blessings of Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji, in the holy presence of Sadguru Purani Swami Shree Bhaktiprakashdasji Swami and under the guidance of Sadguru Purani Shree Balkrishnadasji Swami first Ratha-Yatra was carried out on the day of Ashadhi Bij, July 4, 2008.
At 04:00 pm, Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji performed the Arati of Shree Jagannathaji in chariot. Along with horse-riders, bike-riders, Raas-Mandals and special band group Rath yatra moved forward. During the procession, thousands of devotees welcomed and worshipped Bhagawan Shree Jagannathji.
Various spiritual centres, temples, Hindu organisations, social institutes, religious and social dignitaries graced the occasion with their warm support and presence.
On returning to Gurukul, a marvellous welcome was offered along with Aarti.
As the birthday of Sadguru Shastrijii Maharaj falls on same day of Ratha yatra, the day has an exceptional importance for Gurukul family. A special assembly was arranged to memorise the divine virtues and life work of Pujya Shastriji Maharaj. After the Poojan, Pujya Purani Shree Hariswarupdasji Swami explained the importance of the Day. Pujya Purani Swami and Pujya Balkrisnadasji Swami delivered the occasional speech.
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