Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra Begins From July 1; Know This Day’s History & Fascinating Facts!

Shri Krishna, an incarnation of Shri Hari, is carried to the Gundicha temple in the Jagannath temple, which is situated in the city of Puri, Orissa, every year in the month of Ashadha, in a 3 kilometer long supernatural chariot parade. Every year, the Jagannath Rath Yatra is carried out with tremendous fanfare, and hundreds of people come to take part from all over the nation and the world.

We will discuss the significance of the Jagannath Rath Yatra and the reasons why it is conducted each year in this special blog post. Additionally, through this blog, we are providing you insight to the whole Rath Yatra schedule for each day. Let us first tell you that the Jagannath Yatra will begin this year on July 1 and end on July 12.

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Significance of Rath Yatra

This renowned and magnificent Rath Yatra is held annually. According to Hindu religious traditions, Lord Jagannath is reported to take his sister Subhadra, brother Balabhadra, and himself to his aunt’s home on the second date of Shukla Paksha in the Ashadha month. Every year on this day, the Rath Yatra sets out on majestic, holy chariots from the Jagannath Temple in Puri. The chariot of Balabhadra is in the foreground, followed by that of his sister Subhadra, and then there is the chariot of Jagannath.

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Rath Yatra Complete Schedule 2023

Jagannath Rath Yatra

June 30, 2022 from 10:50:20 Dvitiya Beginning

July 1, 2022 at 13:10:27 Dvitiya Ending

1 July 2022, Friday-Chariot: Yatra Beginning; Tradition of going to the house of Gundicha Aunt’s 

5 July 2022, Tuesday Hera Panchami: For the first 5 days of Rath Yatra, God resides in Gundicha Temple

8 July 2022, Friday- Sandhya Darshan: One is said to gain the same virtue as worshiping Shri Hari for ten years by doing Darshan of Lord Jagannath on this day. 

9 Jut 2022, Saturday- Bahuda Yatra: On this day, Lord Jagannath returns back home with his sister Subhadra and brother Balabadra.

10 July 2022, Sunday- Sunabesa: On this day, the Lord takes on a royal avatar after returning to the Jagannath temple with his brother and sister.

11 July 2022, Monday- Aadhar Pana: On the Dwadashi date of Shukla Paksha in the Ashadha month, a special beverage is provided on the chariot. This is referred to as Pana.

12 July 2022, Tuesday- Neeladri BJ- One of the most significant rites carried out on each day of the Jagannath Rath Yatra is Neeladri BJ. 

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Reason Behind Rath Yatra Every Year  

In accordance with the Padma Purana, Lord Jagannath’s sister Subhadra once told her brother that she wanted to see the city. Then, with their beloved sister seated in the chariot, brothers Jagannath and Balabhadra left to show her city. Additionally, he spent seven days at his aunt’s residence at this time. Since then, the custom of leading Jagannath Yatras is thought to have continued. Narada Purana and Brahma Purana both make reference to this Rath Yatra.

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Traditions Followed During Rath Yatra

Pahandi: This custom states that followers take Lord Krishna, Subhadra, and Balabhadra from the Jagannath temple to the Gundicha temple. All three make a yearly pilgrimage in remembrance of Gundicha, who is revered as a great devotee of Lord Krishna.

Chera Pahara: The second Rath Yatra custom is Chhera Pahara, in which the Purian Gajapati Maharaja sweeps the chariot and the road with a gold broom. On both occasions of the journey, this rite is conducted. The yatra is taken to the Gundicha temple once, and the chariot is brought back to the Jagannath temple a second time.

On the fifth day of the journey after that, Hera Panchami is organized. In this, Maa Lakshmi searches for Lord Jagannath.

Amazing Facts About Jagannath Rath Yatra  

  • It is said that taking part in the Jagannath Rath Yatra will grant you the virtue of one hundred sacrifices.
  • Pulling the chariot during the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balarama, and sister Subhadra brings in favorable outcomes comparable to doing 100 Yagyas.
  • Additionally, it is claimed that salvation can only be attained by taking part in this journey. This is the reason for the hundreds of devotees who come from all over the nation each year to take part in this yatra.
  • According to the Skanda Purana, those who take a holy bath at Puri during the month of Ashadha are able to reach Shivalok and reap the benefits of virtue.
  • In addition, it is said that anyone who takes part in the Jagannath Rath Yatra has all of his sorrows, pain, suffering, and difficulties lifted from his life, and happiness begins to return.
  • The three chariots that participate in the Rath Yatra have various names and colors. The color of Balarama’s chariot is red and green, and his name is “Tal Dhwaja.” Lord Jagannath’s chariot, which is red and yellow in color and is known as “Garudadhwaja,” is followed by the chariot of Goddess Subhadra, which is blue and red in color and is called “Padma Ratha.”
  • One of India’s Char Dhams is Jagannath Temple, which is situated in Puri, Orissa. This temple is older than eight hundred years. Lord Krishna is worshiped in this temple as Jagannath along with his elder brother Balarama and Goddess Subhadra. 
  • The chariots of the Jagannath Rath Yatra are made from sacred, mature neem wood, without the use of thorns or metal.

…So This Is Why Lord Jagannath Is Blindfolded? 

Additionally, it is believed that Lord Jagannath is unwell 15 days before the Rath Yatra (which takes place between the full and new moons of the Jyeshtha month), and that the journey only begins when he is fully well. During this period, Lord Jagannath is treated like a child.

On the second day of Ashadh Shukla Pratipada, he receives health from God, and Rath Yatra is embarked upon. The Mahants and Priests perform the rite of opening the Lord’s eyes before the Rath Yatra, during which Kajal is applied to the Lord’s eyes and bandage is removed. It is stated that when God falls ill, his eyes burn and this is why he is blindfolded. This bandage is tied for 15 days and the door of the temple remains closed during this time. 

According to a myth connected to the temple it is said that the flag flying over the Jagannath temple serves as the eyes of the Lord, allowing him to view his devotees at all times. Seeing the flag of this temple in such a setting provides the same virtue as seeing God. 

On the day of Rath Yatra, 33 Gods present in heaven also come down to earth and take part in it. In addition, it is believed in accordance with an intriguing concept, throughout the entire program of Eye Festival, the God is showered with flowers from heaven that descend as rain on the land. For information, we must tell you that when the Rath Yatra begins it always rains.

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