Jagannath Rath Yatra, Orissa

Jagannath Rath Yatra

Location: Rath Yatra or Chariot festival of Jagannath Puri is famous among Hindu devotees all over the world.

Description: Puri is the destination of the grandly celebrated Hindu Festival, Rath Yatra. This festival is celebrated every year in Orissa by Hindu devotees. According to Hindu calendar, the Rath Yatra begins on the second lunar day or Shukla Paksha of Hindu month of Ashadha. The festival is celebrated with great grandiosity for nine days, including the start and concluding day of Rath Yatra. On the first day of Yatra, the three deities, Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balabhadra and Sister Goddess Subhadra are installed in three chariots from the main Gundicha temple. The central chariot called Nandighosha carries the main deity Lord Jagannath. The second chariot known as Taladhwaja carries Lord Balabhadra and the third chariot called Darpadalana carries Goddess Subhadra. The chariot procession comes from Gudicha temple and progresses down 3 km long Bada Banda. Before nightfall, the chariots reach the western entrance of the temple. Devotees can worship in Gundicha temple for seven days when deities are placed in the temple.

Activities: Visitors must visit the temple on Panchami, which is a major ceremony celebrated on the fifth day of Rath Yatra.

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