Ratha Yatra of Jagannath - India, circa 1868 Photographer:
Samuel Bourne Ref:
Jagannath is a Sanskrit name used to describe a deity form of Krishna (a God of the Hindu religion). Rath (meaning chariot) Yatra (which means pilgrimage or procession) of Jagannath is a festival in which huge chariots adored with images of the deity are pulled by devotees through the towns and villages of India. This image, taken by the Englishman Samuel Bourne, provides a sense of the inevitable forward movement that marked these processions and helps explain how the English word ‘juggernaut’ was derived from them.