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RATH YATRA

When is Rath Yatra in 2018?

Rath Yatra in 2018 is on the Saturday, 14th of Jul (7/14/2018).

Rath Yatra is on the 195th day of 2018. There are 170 days left in the year.

Quick Facts : Rath Yatra

  • Date: Jul 14, 2018
  • 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
  • Sun
  • Jun 25, 2017
  • Sat
  • Jul 14, 2018
  • Wed
  • Jul 06, 2016

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
SundaySunJan 14, 2018Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
FridayFriJan 26, 2018Jan 26Republic Day
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2018Feb 14Maha Shivaratri
FridayFriMar 02, 2018Mar 02Holi
SundaySunMar 18, 2018Mar 18Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
SundaySunMar 25, 2018Mar 25Ram Navami
ThursdayThuMar 29, 2018Mar 29Mahavir Jayanti
FridayFriMar 30, 2018Mar 30Good Friday
MondayMonApr 30, 2018Apr 30Budhha Purnima
TuesdayTueMay 01, 2018May 01Labor Day
SaturdaySatJun 16, 2018Jun 16Eid-ul-Fitar
SaturdaySatJul 14, 2018Jul 14Rath Yatra
WednesdayWedAug 15, 2018Aug 15Independence Day
WednesdayWedAug 22, 2018Aug 22Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
SaturdaySatAug 25, 2018Aug 25Onam
SundaySunAug 26, 2018Aug 26Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonSep 03, 2018Sep 03Janmashtami
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13Vinayaka Chaturthi
FridayFriSep 21, 2018Sep 21Muharram
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
FridayFriOct 19, 2018Oct 19Dussehra / Dasara
WednesdayWedNov 07, 2018Nov 07Diwali / Deepavali
WednesdayWedNov 21, 2018Nov 21Milad un Nabi
FridayFriNov 23, 2018Nov 23Guru Nanak's Birthday
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas