Jagannath Rathyatra is an important part of the Navaratri festival, especially in South India. Sarasvati Puja is observed at different times in different parts of India. The last three days of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Jagannath Rathyatra is also observed in Gujarat during the same period but in a different manner. Below is a step by step guide to how Saraswathi Puja is observed in South India.
Now Let’s perform Jagannath Rathyatra.
- Let’s first collect all puja items.
- Next we will perform the main puja.
Let’s Collect Jagannath Rathyatra Items & Learn Their Significance
- Moli (red thread)
- Roli (red powder)
- Incense sticks
- Sweets, Fruits
- Curd (Yogurt)
- Clarified butter (Ghee)
- Dry fruits
- Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
Let’s Perform The Main Jagannath Rathyatra
Let's Perform The Main Puja
Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina
Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Jagannath Rathyatra.
Nag Devta Mantra
Take flowers or unbroken grains of rice in your hands. Meditate upon the goddess, saying:
Sarveh nagaha priyatam meh yeh kechintt pruthvitaleh //
Yeh cha helimarichista yehantareh divi sansthitha/
Yeh nadishu mahanagaha yeh saraswatigamina/
Yeh cha vapiitasagehshu teshu sarveshu vaaii namaha//
Meaning: “this shloka describes – May the snakes who stay in sky world heaven, sun rays, lakes, ponds, etc bless us and we bow them all”.
Drop the flowers and the rice at the feet of the goddess.