Every year in the beginning of Mansoon , Lord Jagannath, with his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, goes on vacation, travelling on grand chariots, from his temple in Puri, to his garden palace in the countryside. This belief of the Hindus has given rise to one of the biggest religious festivals in India — the Rath Yatra or the Chariot Festival. This is also the etymological origin of the English word ‘Juggernaut’.
Jagannath, believed to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu , is the Lord of Puri — the coastal town of Orissa in eastern India. Rath Yatra is of great significance to the Hindus, and especially to the people of Orissa. It is during this time that the three deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken out in a grand procession in specially made gigantic temple-like chariots called raths, which are pulled by thousands of devotees.The Ratha Yatra festival symbolizes equality and integration. The deities lord Jagannath, lord Balabhadra, devi Subhadra along with lord Sudarshana make an annual journey to their aunt’s temple i.e gundicha mandir in the chariots NANDIGHOSHA, TALADHWAJA and DARPADALANA These chariots are constructed every year and have proper specification and designs .