Puri, July 12: God Sudarshana, the divine discus and weapon of Lord Jagannath, rides along with Goddess Subhadra in her chariot at the time of Rath Yatra.
He never appears in the chariot of Lord Jagannath despite he remains round the year with his Master, Lord Jagannath in the Srimandir.
According to the Skanda Purana, the Sudarshan, the fiery radiance, possessing the power of millions of Suns pulls out ignorance and turns down evil power from the earth.
On the other hand, Goddes Subhadra symbolically represents the community of mothers and women, who spreads peace and tranquility through their love, affection and dedicative nourishment to the human race.
However, there are thousands of legends and epical episodes in Indian Mythology where motherly women have been tortured both physically and mentally by evil miscreants.
Particularly, in the Mahabharat and Ramayan, women melancholy had been very often seen, those came up as threats for the woman generation. At the same time, the almighty wiped away the distress of the women with his divine weapons.
On the other hand, during the ‘Kali Yuga’, a common woman becomes the victim of the tyrants and the evils and becomes prey to inhumane cruelty and social injustice.
Thus, in the Shri Jagannath cult, Lord Jagannath is considered as the human incarnation, and Goddess Subhadra is considered as an icon for the safety and security of the women kind.
Besides, the chariot of Goddess Subhadra which is Devadalana boards nine other female deities – Bhadrakali, Chamunda, Harachandika, Mangala, Katyayini, Varahi, Shyamakali, Jayadurga, and Vimala, in a view to rescue the women community along with Subhadra.
However, the Sudarshan which has a grand power to crush the evils for good is placed in Subhadra’s Rath in order to provide absolute security to as many as ten Goddess in the Devadalana Rath and the women’s power as well.
Notably, the Rath of Subhadra is known as Devadalana or Darpadalana which is referred to pulling down anybody, anything to perish, if evil for one and all of the creations.