The Stamp Issue of Puri Rath Yatra – Odisha
Stamp Type : COMMEMORATIVE
The concept of the chariot has been explained in the Kathopanishada in the following words-
Atmaanam rathinam viddhi shareeram rathamevatu Buddhim tu saarathim viddhi manah pragrahameva cha.The body is the Chariot and the soul is the deity installed in the chariot. The wisdom acts as the charioteer to control the mind and thoughts.
The Skanda Purana glorifies the sanctity of the Rath Jatra in the following words-
Gundicha mandapam namam jatrahamajanam pura Ashwamedha sahasrasya mahabedi tadadvabat. Those who are fortunate to see the deities of the Srimandira in the Gundicha Temple, the final destination of the procession of the chariots, derive the benefits of a thousand horse sacrifices, an immensely pious deed. Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja in his famous Vaidehisa Vilasa mentions that the Lord comes out from his sanctum for participating in the Gundicha Jatra, another name of the Festival of Chariots, only for redeeming the fallen, the patita jana who get the opportunity to behold their dearest god at close quarters on this occasion. Similarly, saint poet Salabega waxes eloquent in praise of the dark Lord Jagannath and says that the Lord swaying and moving like a wild elephant arrives at the Grand Avenue and rides his chariot and destroys in a flash all the sins of his devotees, even if these may be grave or unpardonable.
Painting of Lord Jagannath’s Ratha Jatra by renowned Artist and Painter Sankha Samanta on a commemorative stamp released by Govt. of India’s Department of Posts and Telegraph. Sankha Samanta has designed 14 of the 35 commemorative stamps on Gandhi that the Govt. of India’s Department of Posts and Telegraphs has released since 1947. Though he is best known for his Gandhi stamps, he has designed more than 350 other stamps so far. Grateful thanks Sankha for this gift – will cherish it always. (Src :- Panchami Manoo Ukil)
Source: www.indiapost.gov.in, wikipedia