Jagannath Rath Yatra Puri (festivalsandpanchang.blogspot.com) Festivals Puja

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About Jagannath Rath Yatra Puri

Jagannath Yatra is one of the most-awaited festivals not only in Odisha but also in the entire country. This annual event is celebrated in the month of June or July. Jagannath Yatra is a religious procession which is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), his sister Goddess Subhadra, and his elder brother Lord Balabhadra. It is also called as Chariot Festival.

The festival is celebrated on the 2nd day of the Shukla Paksha, Ashadh month according to the traditional Oriya Calendar.

Lord Jagannatha is worshipped primarily in city of Puri at famous Jagannatha temple. Lord Jagannatha is considered a form of Lord Vishnu and also revered by the followers of Vaishnavism. Jagannatha literally means Lord of the Universe.

It is the oldest Rath Yatra taking place in India and in the world. Jagannath Yatra is celebrated on the second day of the Shukla Paksha as per the traditional Oriya calendar. This auspicious festival is celebrated for nine days in Odisha. The festival commences with the Rath Yatra and concludes on a ninth day with a return journey - Bahuda Jatra. During Bahuda Jatra the Rathas visit the Mausi Maa Temple. The deities are moved from their abode of Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple during the procession.


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