The Meaning of Yatra

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Meaning of Yatra

It is a Sanskrit name which means ‘journey’. It is also used in Hindi and Malayalam. Meaning of it is same in both languages. One who goes on a Yatra is known as a Yatri. As per Vedic hindu Dharma shastras a Yatri is supposed to do it barefoot.

He/she should travel without umbrellas, vehicles etc. to get the benefit of it. At present these rules are not followed by many pilgrims.

According to Oxford dictionary it means a procession or pilgrimage, especially one with a religious purpose.

Wikipedia describes it as a kamya ritual for a Hindu, that is spiritually desirable but it is not obligatory. One can go on  for a variety of reasons, including festivals, to perform rituals for one’s ancestors, or to obtain good karma.

To traditional Hindus, the journey itself is as important as the destination, and the hardships of travel serve as an act of devotion in them

 

 

 

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