Rath Yatra at Puri is one of the most awaited, talked about religious events of the year. It is an ancient Hindu festival, which has been continued for decades due to the persistence & devotion of Hindus. It is a cultural emblem for Hindus, who fought many battles to protect the Jagannath temple, and their heritage. The temple was attacked 18 times, and rebuilt each time. The priests of the temple protected the deities with their lives, and hid them in a secure place when in danger. This is a brief summary of the history of the temple, which was built in 12th century.