Sri Jagannatha is coming !
Sri Jagannatha is Lord Krishna himself in spiritual form as daru brahma (wood), which is a form of deep transcendental happiness. There is a unique and interesting story behind His lila that is worshiped in the form of this Daru Brahma.
On an ordinary day, Lord Jagannatha, together with Lord Baladeva, and Subhadra Devi were worshiped specifically at Jagannatha Puri. Not just anyone can see Him while resting at Jagannatha Puri. But fortunately, by His grace, once a year precisely on the day of the celebration of Ratha Yatra, He himself was pleased to get out of His altar and be on the train drawn by his worshipers. So that we can also see Him (darshan), giving His blessing which is uncaused to all beings.
This tradition has been carried out by the Vaishnavas since time immemorial and still survives today. With Srila Prabhupada's gift (Acarya Founder of ISKCON), this tradition which is very thick with the meaning of devotional yoga is not only celebrated at Jagannatha Puri. Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra has been carried out by devotees in almost all major cities in the World, including almost all major cities in Indonesia and even in Papua. People who long for the love of God feel something warm and happy in their hearts while attending the celebration of Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra.
This festival has a very deep and esoteric meaning. This festival tells how the inhabitants of Vrindavana which is the village where Lord Krishna doing his childhood pastimes. Residents in Vrindavana miss Lord Krishna so much, they want to bring Krishna who has left Vrindavana and lives in Dvaraka to return to Vrindavana where his gopis and friends are.
For devotees, the festival is meaningful as an expression of devotion and a strong desire to draw God into their heart. Of course, God as Paramatma is in everyone's heart, but by pulling him into the heart we will increasingly realize His existence and His gifts. For this reason devotees offer prayers of praise to Lord Jagannatha:
Jagannatha swami nayana patha gami bhavatu me.
O Lord Jagannatha, Lord of the Universe, may you always be the object of my vision.
Hari Om Tat Sat.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om