Puri Rath Yatra also known as ‘Chariot Festival’ is an important festival of Hindus that is dedicated to Lord Jagannath. It is an annual event that is celebrated on the ‘Dwitiya’ (2nd day) during the ‘Ashadha Shukla Paksha’ (the waxing phase of moon in the Ashadha month of the Hindu calendar). In the Gregorian calendar it is celebrated in the months of June-July. Rath Yatra is celebrated with immense enthusiasm and zeal at Puri in the Indian state of Orissa. This festival commemorates the yearly visit of Lord Jagannath visit to the famous ‘Gundicha Temple’ while passing through the ‘Mausi Maa Temple’, located near Balagandi Chaka in Puri. During Puri Rath Yatra the main deities of the temple, Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra are taken out in their respective chariots as a part of a huge procession. Puri Rath Yatra is the biggest religious festival of Puri that attracts tourists and devotees from India as well as abroad. Over one million pilgrims visit Puri every year to witness this grand Chariot Festival.

Puri Rath Yatra 2018 was on July 14 Saturday

Rituals during Puri Rath Yatra:

  • Puri Rath Yatra festival begins with invoking the deities with special prayers and rituals and is known as ‘Ratha Prathistha’. After this the three main deities, Goddess Subhadra, Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra are seated in their respective chariots. The brightly decorated chariots are then pulled along the streets of Puri and is known as ‘Badadanda’.
  • ‘Ratha Tana’ or pulling of the Rathas is the most exciting part of this ritual. Devotees from all across the country come with an earnest desire to pull the Lord’s chariot as this act is considered very pious.
  • The colourful procession moves forward with the sound of devotional songs played on tambourines, trumpets or drums. The streets of Puri are crowded with devotees who come to get a glimpse of their lords. The processions finally reaches the Gundicha Temple that is known to be the abode of Lord Jagannath’s aunt.

Important Timings On Puri Rath Yatra

Sunrise14-Jul-2018 05:53 AM
Sunset14-Jul-2018 19:11 PM
Dwitiya Tithi Begins14-Jul-2018 04:32 AM
Dwitiya Tithi Ends15-Jul-2018 00:55 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Puri Rath Yatra:

The festival of Puri Rath Yatra is devoted to Lord Jagannath who is believed to be one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The Jagannath Temple is one among the four prime pilgrimages of Hindus and holds immense religious significance. On the auspicious day of Puri Rath Yatra devotees who are restricted from entering the temple’s premises, can catch a glimpse of their deities. This festival is also referred as ‘Ghosa Yatra’, ‘Dasavatara Yatra’, ‘Navadina Yatra’ or ‘Gundicha Yatra’. Rath Yatra at Puri is among the grandest events that attracts tourists from all corners of the world. It is believed that a person who devotedly participates in this Puri Rath Yatra will be freed from the cycle of birth and death. A mere glimpse of Lord Jagannath on his chariot is considered to be very auspicious. It should be noted that every year these chariots are newly constructed from a special wood as per the religious specifications. Even the idols of the deities are made of wood and religiously replaced every twelve years. The Puri Rath Yatra festival is symbolic of integration and equality. It is one of those rare festivals that is above all forms of discriminations. Even Muslims participate in this amazing Chariot Festival.

Puri Rath Yatra festival dates between 2015 & 2025

2015Saturday, 18th of July
2016Wednesday, 6th of July
2017Sunday, 25th of June
2018Saturday, 14th of July
2019Thursday, 4th of July
2020Tuesday, 23rd of June
2021Monday, 12th of July
2022Friday, 1st of July
2023Tuesday, 20th of June
2024Sunday, 7th of July
2025Friday, 27th of June

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