Rath Yatra Of Puri – Famous Indian Festivals

Rath Yatra Festival of Puri | RathYatra Date | RathYatra Status | Happy Rath Yatra wishes | Jagannath Rathayatra | Rathyatra image

Rath Yatra Festival of Puri | Rath Yatra 2024 Date | Rath Yatra Status | Happy Rath Yatra wishes | Jagannath RathYatra | Rath Yatra image

Rath Yatra or Rath Yatra festival of Puri, Orrisa is one of the most Famous Indian festivals. This year Happy Rath Yatra Festival is on Friday, 1 July 2022. The Road in front of the temple, across which the giant chariots roll, is popularly known as Bada Danda or the Grand Road. Lord Jagannath is known as the lord if the Universe. Rath Yatra image.

Happy Rath Yatra
Happy Rath Yatra

People used to celebrate this famous Happy Rathyatra festival in various parts of the country and used to pull chariots with the idols of Lord Jagannath and his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra as per the custom rituals of Lord Jagannath rathayatra every year.


Puri Jagannath Temple | Lord Jagannath Temple

The temple complex, which is mainly famous as the Jagannath temple and is the home of renowned deity Lord Jagannath and his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, was surrounded by a high wall.

Inside the area of the temple, there is a range of various other shrines. There are four gates of the temple – the Lion Gate (east), the Tiger Gate (west), Elephant Gate (north), and the Horse Gate (south). The main entrance of the Jagannath temple is thru the Lion gate, before which stands the gigantic column, the Arun Stambha.

The Idols details of the origin of the cult of Lord Jagannath and also about the distinctive physical look are mentioned in various Hindu religious books.

Happy Rath Yatra of Puri | RathYatra image
Rath Yatra image


The Chariots of Puri Rath Yatra Festival

Lord Jagannath sits on the tallest chariot, a 45-feet tall chariot, and its name is ‘Nandighosa,’ runs on 16 wheels and is dressed in a red and yellow artifact. In 44 feet second chariot, which has four wheels, Lord Balabhadra is placed and it’s name is ‘Taladhwaja,’ dressed in a red and green artifact. Finally, Goddess Subhadra sits on the third chariot, which is 43 feet tall with 12 wheels named ‘Darpadalan.’

All the chariots used to build fresh every year and used to be fully decorated, representing the traditional art of Orissa like the art of wood and Pipili carvings.

Significance of Puri Rath Yatra Festival

This famous Indian festival RathaYatra used to take place in the month of June-July every year. As per the ritual, the deities brought of the temple and placed in the respective chariots and traveled up to the Gundicha Temple on the opposite side, and the Gods stay there till return.

Though the festival continues for almost nine to ten days, the first day is considered as the holiest Day and on this day, as per the belief, seeing Lord Jagannath on Chariot is a virtue of life. Earlier, people used to throw themselves under the wheel of the chariots for self-sacrifice with the belief that after death, they will transfer straight to heaven or Baikuntha. But this practice has been banned by the British rulers.

During the Puri Rath Yatra festival, even an atheist person will also get amazed to see the flood of people, the craze to pill the rope of the chariots, and the devotions of the devotees for their God Lord Jagannath. (rath yatra image)

Happy Rath Yatra
Lord Jagannath

Preparations for the Rath Yatra festival

Snan Yatra

Preparations for the Ratha Yatra festival of Puri, begin two weeks ahead in conjunction with carrying the ‘snan yatra’ and conjointly even the showering ritual. The deities are given a bath, and they fall sick and enter seclusion. During this period, the temple remains closed to devotees.

On the Day of the Happy Rathayatra festival, rituals are performed before the chariots begin to roll. The devotees unite the protection workers in drawing on the chariots that seem to be a large ship through the ocean of people. The Chariots can have to be compelled to get there within the Gundicha Temple until sunset. Then, they’re abandoned on the Road, if for any reason, the chariots cannot end the journey in time and complete the journey same day.

Pahandi – Rath Yatra festival

Pahandi‘ is known as the ritual of carrying the idols, decorated with floral ornaments, from the temple to the chariots by the devotees. One group of devotees tries to pull the idols from the front where the other group of devotees push the idols from the backside, while carrying the idols to the chariots. This procession is accompanied by group of musicians and the crowd used to greet with chants of Jai Jagannath. Pahandi is not an easy task to place the heavy wooden idols in the chariots and it can take hours.

Happy RathYatra image

Chhenra Panhara – Ratha Yatra festival ritual

The ritual chhenra panhara is followed by Pahandi. Chhenra panhara ritual symbolizes that in the eyes of God, everyone is the same. During this ritual, the King of the former royal family of Puri used to perform out this ritual by sweeping the chariots with a golden brush. Then, the devotees used to sprinkle flower petals and water, and the King clear them with the golden brush.

Bahuda Yatra | Ulta Rath

On the Day of here Panchami, it’s believed that Lord Jagannath’s consort god Hindu deity awakens to the chariot and divides an area from anger as a result of Jagannath disbursement slow along with his sisters and aunt as opposition attending her. The Day once the comeback journey, conjointly known as Bahuda yatra or Ulta Rath.

rathayatra image
Happy Rath Yatra

Sunabesha – Ratha Yatra festival

During Bahuda yatra, the idols of Lord Jagannath and his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, inside the chariots, are decorated with Gold ornaments like crowns as well as hands and legs made up of solid gold. This ritual is known as Sunabesha.

Ratna Simhasan – Ratha Yatra festival

Eventually, after the Sonabesh ritual, while Lord Jagannath is prepared to enter the temple, he then finds god Lakshmi has locked the doors, and after many verbal conversations and requests, Lord Jagannath satisfies Lord Laxmi by offering her sweets and entered the temple and returned back to the celestial throne, and this is known as ‘Ratna Simhasan.’ After this ritual, devotees return home, eagerly hoping for a re-run on the following year.

Jai Jagannath

Jagannath Dham | Jagannath Temple Puri

Happy Ratha Yatra festival happens every year in Puri, Orrisa, also famous as ‘Jagannath Dham.’ This religious festival is attended by a thousand people from all over the country and from other parts of India and overseas. The Ratha Yatra festival was manifested by the attendance of thousands of devotees of different religious groups from different nations and regions.


Happy Rath Yatra: Top 25+ Wishes, SMS greetings, WhatsApp messages on Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra


Below are some wishes you can send to your friend and family participating in the pulling of the chariot.

May you spend this auspicious day with lots of good luck, happiness, and abundance. Happy Rath Yatra! Jai Jagannath.
If your strength seems to fail during this auspicious task, just remember Lord Jaganath ji’s brave tasks and let them inspire you.
Happy Rath Yatra! May Lord Jagannath bless you with happiness and prosperity.
May you be blessed with Lord Jagannath, Balbhadra and Subhadra’s choicest blessings. A very blissful Rath Yatra to you and your loved ones.
On the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra, wishing you and your family joy, happiness and good health.
Need God’s help to exercise this year? Go join the Rath Yatra and gain god’s blessings as you work out in his name!
May Lord Jagannath bless you in abundance and shower you with the virtue of truth. Happy Rath Yatra.
Many work hard, but only a few would do so much in Lord Jaganath ji’s name. I admire your will.
Heartiest greetings and good wishes to you on the joyous occasion of Rath Yatra. Jai Jagannath!
Ordinary people know their limits. But only the blessed few know how to push them. Good luck!
My Lord Jagannath bless everyone with peace and prosperity. Let us carry the Rath of our lives by diminishing all the evils inside us.
Greetings on the holy occasion of Rath Yatra, may the divine Trinity bestow upon us peace, prosperity and good fortune.
Dear loved one, may your hard work for God bring blessings upon you. You already have mine.
Let us celebrate the glory of Lord Jagannath on the auspicious occasion of the Rath Yatra. May Lord Jagannath bless you with peace, prosperity and happiness.
The challenge of a Rath Yatra is such that those who manage it shall find life less challenging.
This challenge isn’t a test of excellence, but a test of endurance and duty. Stay Strong
Let us celebrate the glory of Lord Jagannath to fight against the evil. Wish you all a very happy Rath Yatra! Jai Jagannath.
The blisters and bruises on your body will be temporary but the blessing of pulling the rath are permanent, good luck!
Greetings on the holy occasion of Rath Yatra, may the divine Trinity bestow upon us peace, prosperity and good fortune.
You have my blessings, as well as god’s as you undertake this trial. Good luck!
Your body will not fail you if you have God in your heart. You can do it!
May Lord Jagannath bring in the best colours of success, prosperity and happiness to your life. Wishing you and your family blessed Rath Yatra!
Pain is temporary, but your blessings will last forever, stay strong! Happy Rath Yatra!!
During the Rath Yatra you might feel like dying from the pain, but once you complete it, you will feel like you’ve been born again. Bless you.
Rath Yatra Wishes


Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is Rath Yatra celebrated?

RathYatra is mainly celebrated in Puri, Orrisa in the month of June-July.

What is Ulta Rath Yatra?

The return journey of Lord Jagannath, Balbhadra and Subhadra Gundicha Temple is called Ulta RathYatra or Bahuda yatra.

What is the name of Jagannath Rath?

The name of the Jagannath Rath is Nandighosa.

Which God is in rath yatra?

Mainly Lord Jagannath is in rathyatra, accompanied by his elder brother Balbhadra and sister Subhadra.

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