Story of Lord Jagannath Rathyatra (Chariot Festival):
The Chariot in our Scriptures and Sages advise us to surrender all control to the Supreme Lord and his men hence we should obey their commandments in order to make our journey back to Godhead a success. The Katopanishad / Katha Upanishad further elaborates on the above concept in the conversation between Yamraj and Nachiketa. Chaitanya Charitramrut: 15th century A.D. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu engaged in dancing and chanting and seeing the temple deity of Jagannatha. At night in the company of His most confidential devotees, such as Ramananda Raya and Swarupa Damodara Goswami, tasted the nectar of the transcendental mellow of Lord Krishna’s pastimes. (Stomps and fingerprints on Garuda Stambha of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can found inside Lord Jagannath Temple)
The Ratha Yatra, (also known as Ghosha Yatra, Gundicha Yatra etc.) is a unique festival. It is perhaps the only festival in which the original idols of the Lords’ come out of the sanctum sanctorum to give darshan to all the devotees.
Story 1: It is said that Once Lord Jagannatha expressed his desire to visit his birthplace every year for a week. Therefore, the deities are taken to the Gundicha Mandir every year.
Story 2: Subhadra wanted to visit Dwarka, her parent’s home, and her brothers took her there on this day. Rath Yatra is a celebration of that visit.
Story 2: Lord Krishna, Balabhadra with Subhadra wanted to see Dwarka in their Chariots.