New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra or Rath Yatra is a nine-day festival that is celebrated every year in Odisha to commemorate Lord Jagannath's visit to Gundicha Temple (birthplace) and Mausi Maa Temple (aunt's house). Also known as the 'Chariot festival', Rath Yatra will be celebrated this year from July 12. 

The festival begins on Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day of bright fortnight) of Ashadha and ends on Shukla Paksha Dashmi of Ashadha. As per beliefs, the event is marked to celebrate the annual visit of Lord Jagannath to Gundicha Mata Temple. Queen Gundicha was the wife of king Indradyumna, who built Puri Jagannath Temple. 

Festival of Rath Yatra is now observed annually all over the world. Through ISKCON Hare Krishna movement since 1968 this festival now has become a common sight in major cities of the world.

Jagannath Rath Yatra 2021: Date and timing

Dwitiya tithi start July 11, 2021 at 06:17 am

Dwitiya tithi ends July 12, 2021 at 06:49 am

Jagannath Rath Yatra 2021: Schedule

Gundicha Marjana

One day before Rath Yatra, the Gundicha the Jagannath temple undergoes a cleaning process which is known as Gundicha Marjana. Gundicha Yatra will start on Monday, July 12

- Pahandi will begin at 8:30 am
- Chera Panhara will begin at 2 pm
- pulling of Chariot will start at 3 pm

Bahuda Yatra

Bahuda Yatra is the return of Yatra, observed on the eighth day on dashmi of Jyeshth month, to the main abode. During the return, a short stoppage is made at Mausi Maa Temple which is dedicated to Goddess Ardhashimi.

- Pahandi from 12 pm up to 2:30 pm
- Pulling of Chariot will start at 4 pm

Suna Vesa

When Yatra reaches Jagannath Temple deities are dressed in new clothes and with enthusiasm and joy are placed back inside the temple. This ceremony will take place on July 21 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm

Adhar Parna

On July 22, all the rituals will be performed before 8 pm.

Niladri Bije

On July 23, Friday Pahandi will be from 4 pm to 10 pm.

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal