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Hinduism - What Is Rukmini Yatra?

Mythology about Krishna and Rukmini connects Gujarat with Arunachal

Through a variety of cultural events, including a Rukmini Yatra, an ancient mythical link between Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh, the two boundaries of India, will soon be revived. 

According to legend, Rukimini, a member of the Idu Mishmi tribe from Bhismaknagar, an old city in Arunachal Pradesh, was Lord Krishna's spouse. 

The authority wants to encourage people, especially the youth from both states, to visit sites associated with Rukmini and Krishna as part of its efforts to promote national unity and "Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat," an initiative to promote interaction and understanding between people of different states envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) program was unveiled by the Honorable Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi on October 31, 2015, during the Rashtriya Ekta Divas to encourage engagement among the people of states and union territories in order to strengthen bonds and mutual understanding between people of different cultures and to ensure greater India's unity and integrity. 

According to the rules of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the initiative aims to demonstrate the harmony between the cultural variety of the paired states and union territories. 

The Indian Institute of Technology in Bhubaneswar is prepared to react completely to the government's all-encompassing effort to make it a reality. 

A schedule of activities has been created by a number of faculty members in collaboration with the enormous number of students and staff members to make the cause so active. 

Each of the many cultures in our nation has a rich cultural legacy. 

The cultural exchange activities will enable us to mutually respect and enjoy one another's cultures, strengthening our feeling of community. 

No matter what areas we are from, national integration is crucial because it is our unity in the midst of our variety that holds the key to our growth. 

The series of activities that IIT Bhubaneswar has planned as part of the EBSB program are intended to promote unity among us and aid in the development of a more powerful and better India. 

Activities, including as concerts, plays, and storytelling sessions, will be held at the legendary places as part of this ambitious "cultural exchange strategy." 

Depending on the weather, the Rukmini Yatra may occur in November or December. 

"The people of Arunachal Pradesh continue to name their girls after Rukmini because they feel that she is theirs. 

They believe themselves to be Yadavs and that Krishna traveled from Gujarat to wed Rukmini. 

There are webpages which are associated to Rukmini-Krishna legends. 

The PM came up with the concept for this cross-cultural interaction. 

The NMA's Tarun Vijay said, "We want for this to become a thread of cultural togetherness. 

Recently, a delegation of NMA lead by Vijay travelled to Arunachal Pradesh and conducted a meeting with deputy chief minister of the state BJP politician Chowna Mein in which they had decided to deepen the age-old cultural relationship between Gujarat and Arunachal via the legends of Rukmini and Krishna.

~Kiran Atma

References And Further Reading

  • Patnaik, J.N., 2008. The Four Dhams. Government of Orissa, Bhubaneswar, India.
  • Bhattacharya, A., 1969. Yatra of Bengal.
  • Smith, W.J. ed., 1994. Translation. Columbia University, Translation Center.
  • Smith, W.L., 2007. Assam: Shankaradeva’s Parijata Harana Nata. Krishna: A Sourcebook163.

Hinduism - What Does Yatra Mean In Hinduism?


Yatra means "travel" in Sanskrit.

Although the term yatra may apply to any kind of travel in its literal sense, its semantic scope in contemporary Hindi is more smaller, and connotes serious travel rather than a walk around the block or a tourist excursion.

The most essential aspect of the term yatra is religious travel, notably pilgrimage to holy locations (tirthas).

A yatra is therefore a voyage, but one of a specific kind.

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Hinduism - Who Is Considered A Yatri In Hindu Spirituality?


The term yatri refers to a novitiate Bairagi, a renunciant ascetic society made up of worshippers of the deity Vishnu (bhakta).

As a common term, it refers to a person who is embarking on a yatra ("journey"; more specifically, a travel of religious meaning).

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Hinduism - What Is A Jatra? What Is The Difference Between Yatra And Jatra?

 Jatra and Yatra is a vernacular variant of the Sanskrit word yatra, which means "travel." 

The term yatra is most often used to refer to travels to distant locations, while jatra refers to visits to locations within the immediate vicinity.


In Sanskrit, yatra signifies 'journey' or 'procession.' 

Yatra is a pilgrimage to holy locations such as confluences of sacred rivers, sacred mountains, places linked with Hindu epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana, and other sacred destinations in numerous Indian-origin faiths such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

Pilgrims believe that visiting a holy site purifies them and brings them closer to the divine. 

  • The trip is as significant as the goal, and the difficulties of travel are an act of dedication in and of themselves. 
  • A tirtha-yatra is a pilgrimage to a holy spot that is usually done in a group. 

Anyone who participates in the yatra is referred to as a yatri. 

According to the Vedic Hindu Dharma Shastras, a Yatri should do padayatra, or pilgrimage on foot, preferably barefoot, as a type of tapasya in which the pilgrim should go without umbrellas or cars; nevertheless, many yatris do not observe these niyamas.

Yatras have become highly organized occurrences in recent years, with professional tourist organizations catering to yatris. 

  • State governments are sometimes engaged in organizing yearly yatras, assigning numbers, registering yatris, and controlling yatri traffic. 
  • Haridwar attracted 55 lakh (5.5 million) pilgrims in 2003. 

The term Jatra also refers to a journey or a trip but has a different origin of usage derived from traditional Jatra performances. 

The advent of Sri Chaitanya's Bhakti movement, where Chaitanya himself portrayed Rukmini in the performance of Rukmini Haran ("The kidnapping of the Charming Rukmini") from Krishna's life narrative, is often attributed with the genesis of jatra, which is essentially a musical theatre genre. 

The concert, which took place in 1507 AD and lasted all night, is detailed in Chaitanya Bhagavata, Chaitanya's hagiography written by a disciple named Vrindavana Dasa Thakura. 

Though there are evidences of the presence of a type of singing known as 'Carya', which was popular in Bengal between the 9th and 12th centuries and existed in Orissa at the same time as the famous 'Carya Padas' style. 

Jatra performances are similar to Uttar Pradesh's Nautanki, Maharashtra's Tamasha, and Gujarat's Bhavai.

Though it originated in a religious setting abounding with diverse Bhakti Hinduism groups, it was superseded by morally didactic material towards the end of the 19th century, and finally became secular when it gained access into urban proscenium theatres during the Bengal Renaissance

The Jatra form's longevity in a fast changing social environment, while catering to a diverse audience, has been attributed to its inherent malleability and ability to adapt to shifting social dynamics, keeping it not just current and alive, but also flourishing.

Kiran Atma

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