Puri Rath Yatra
Puri Rath Yatra Date and Timings, Significance
Puri Rath Yatra Date: 9th Jun 2017
The importance of Jagannath Temple and Its Rath Yatra was mentioned in Brahma Purana, Padma Purana and Purushottama Khanda of Skanda Purana. The uniqueness of this temple is that the main deities will be taken out in a procession in 3 Chariots. The
Ratha Yatra starts on Ashada Suddha Vidiya day. The devotees pull the chariot for around 2 km from Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple. The Idols will be placed at Gundicha Mandir. Idols will reach Jagannath temple on Ekadasi day, Chariots will be pulled back from Gundincha Mandir.
Jagannatha Ratha is 45 ft in height with 16 wheels and is called by Nandi Gosha. Balabadhra will be taken out in Thaladwaja Ratha which runs on 14 wheels with 43 ft in height and appears in Red and Blue colour. Subadra will be taken out on a Ratha with 12 wheels and appears in Red and Black colours. This Ratha is 42 ft in height and is called by Darpadhalana also called by Devadhalana or Padmadwaja.
The devotees are allowed the pull chariots along the Puri streets. It is believed that the one who pulls the chariot will be relieved from the rebirth cycle and attains salvation.
The uniqueness of the festival is that these chariots are constructed with wood collected from Phassi, Dhausa and other pre-defined trees each year. This Chariot will be built by the experts who are masters in following the standards.
How to reach Puri Jagannath temple?
- The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar which is 64 km away.
- The nearest railway station is at Khurda Road Station which is 44 km, from Puri. The direct trains are available from all parts of India.
- Temple can be reached from Bhubaneswar station.
Puri Rath Yatra: History