Jagannath Rath Yatra – 20 June 2023 (Tuesday)
Jay Jagannath swami,
Nayan Path Gami,
Aise bhagvan ko ham sab ka pranam hai.
Happy Jagannath Rath Yatra!
Puri Jagannath Ratha yatra is one of the world-famous chariot festivals of Orissa. This is an annual event. This Festival is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya according to the traditional Oriya Calendar. It is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, his sister Goddess Subhadra and his elder brother Lord Balabhadra. This Festival is called Gundicha Yatra, Chariot Festival. Celebrate the Rath Yatra 2023 on 20th June date.
– Starts with the Chhera Pahara ritual
– Deities carried to their respective chariots
– Devotees pull the chariots to Gundicha Temple
– Chariots remain at Gundicha Temple for 9 days
– Return journey called Bahuda Jatra
Important Dates of the : (Coming Soon)
4th July: Shree Gundicha Jatra
8th July: Hera Panchami
11th July: Nabami Sandhya Darshan
12th July: Bahuda Jatra
13th July: Suna Besha
15th July: Niladri Bije
Know about Puri Jagannath Temple history and 5 unknown facts.
This year Attactaction of the Rath yatra is Flower decoration of Shri Mandir. Have a look this
Why Rath Yatra is Celebrated?
Every year the Lord Jagannath with his siblings take a cooling bath of 108 pots of water when they were unable to bear the heat inside the temple. This happens on Snana Purnima. Because of bathe, they fall ill every year and are kept in a recovery chamber called anasar ghar. Here Vaids (doctors) and the priests look after them and they are fed herbal medicines and khichdi which good when you are sick. When they recover they wish to eat the food cooked by their aunt Gundicha, whose house is a little away from his temple. So Jagannath, with his siblings, steps on his grand chariot and makes his way there. This is the start of the famous nine-day Jagannath Rath Yatra, visit their aunt and in this way. It is also believed that deities come out of their abode to meet their devotees, even the ones that are not allowed inside.
This festival is not limited to India but also hugely celebrated outside India. Iconic cities like San Francisco USA, London England, South Africa, Italy, Australia, Tokyo, Russia, Nepal, New Zealand and more places.
The Three Chariots:
Lord Jagannath‘s chariot: Nandighosa – 45.6 feet tall – 18 wheels
Lord Balabhadra‘s chariot: Taladhwaja – 45 feet tall – 16 wheels
Goddess Subhadra‘s chariot: Devadalana – 44.6 feet tall – 14 wheels
Have a look of live Rath yatra-2018 (Source -Youtube Odisha Television Ltd)
How People Celebrated Rath yatra in different states :
Hotel Near by Temples :
Places to Visit near Jagannath Temple :
Many beaches and temples are there at and near Puri. Puri beach, Konark temple, Konark beach, Chilika Lake, Sakshigopal temple, Pipili village, Shree Loknath temple and Gundicha Temple are some of the popular attractions near Jagannath temple, which must be visited.
Ways to reach Puri:
Puri is 60km away from Bhubaneswar Airport, Odisha. So for Flight travelers, you can book a ticket to Biju Patnaik International Airport and book cab or taxi (Ola Outstation) or reach nearby bus stop from where you can find both AC and NON-AC bus regularly.
If you are traveling by train or Bus, Temple is just 2km from Puri Railway station and 2.5km from the bus stand. You can travel by walk or be using battery auto or rickshaw. Don’t go by auto as it will drop your 1km away from the temple.
If you have Google Maps app you can navigate and measure the distance to your place from this link.
You can check Puri Jagannath Temple darshan timings, How to reach full guide.