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RATH YATRA

Quick Facts : Rath Yatra

  • Date: Jun 25, 2017
  • Regional (Religious)
  • Also Called: Festival of Chariots, Puri Rath Yatra
  • Celebrations: Pulling Chariot, Festivals
Rath Yatra

Ratha Yatra is a major Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath (avatar of Lord Vishnu) held at Puri in India during the months of June or July.

The Puri Rath Yatra is world famous and attracts more then one million pilgrims every year, not only from India but also from the different parts of the world. Rath Yatra in other words the Chariot Festival is the only day when devotees who are not allowed into the temple can get a chance to see the deities. This festival is a symbol of equality and integration.

The 3 deities, Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and their sister Subhadra are worshipped within the temple, on this festival they are taken to the streets of Puri so that everyone can have the fortune to see them. The 3 deities make an annual journey to their aunt's temple (Gundicha Temple), 2 km away from Lord Jagannath temple.

The Jagannath Temple in Puri is one among the four most sacred temples in India. The other three are: Rameshwaram in south, Dwarika in west and Badrinath in north.

The festival begins with the invoking ceremony in the morning and the chariot pulling on the roads of Puri in afternoon is the most exciting part of the festival. The 3 deities have 3 different chariots - the chariot of Lord Jagannath, Nandighosa, has 18 wheels and is 45.6 feet high, the chariot of Lord Balabhadra, Taladhwaja has 16 wheels and is 45 feet high and the chariot of Subhadra, Devadalana has 14 wheels and is 44.6 ft high. Every year the wooden temples like chariots are constructed newly. The idols of these three deities are also made of wood and they are religiously replaced by new ones in every 12 years.

Rath Yatra Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Mon
  • Jul 07, 2008
  • Wed
  • Jun 24, 2009
  • Tue
  • Jul 13, 2010
  • Sun
  • Jul 03, 2011
  • Thu
  • Jun 21, 2012
  • Wed
  • Jul 10, 2013
  • Sun
  • Jun 29, 2014
  • Sat
  • Jul 18, 2015
  • Wed
  • Jul 06, 2016

India holidays celebrated in year 2016

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Fri
  • Jan 01, 2016
  • Tue
  • Jan 26, 2016
  • Mon
  • Mar 07, 2016
  • Thu
  • Mar 24, 2016
  • Fri
  • Mar 25, 2016
  • Fri
  • Apr 15, 2016
  • Wed
  • Apr 20, 2016
  • Sun
  • May 01, 2016
  • Sat
  • May 21, 2016
  • Wed
  • Jul 06, 2016
  • Wed
  • Jul 06, 2016
  • Mon
  • Aug 15, 2016
  • Thu
  • Aug 18, 2016
  • Thu
  • Aug 25, 2016
  • Mon
  • Sep 05, 2016
  • Mon
  • Sep 12, 2016
  • Wed
  • Sep 14, 2016
  • Sun
  • Oct 02, 2016
  • Tue
  • Oct 11, 2016
  • Wed
  • Oct 12, 2016
  • Sun
  • Oct 30, 2016
  • Tue
  • Dec 13, 2016
  • Sun
  • Dec 25, 2016