Rath Yatra

June

Puri, Odisha

This spectacular chariot festival celebrated for eight days at the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri. Images of Lord Jagannath, his sister Subhadra aPuri, the Temple-town of Orissa is colloquially known as Jagannath Puri due to its presiding deity – Lord Jagannath (an avatar of Lord Vishnu). It is believed that he, along with his sister Shubhadra and brother Balabhadra takes a vacation, annually in mid-summer, from his temple to his palace gardens in the countryside. nd brother Balbhadra are taken out in a procession in three immense chariots.


Puri, the Temple-town of Orissa is colloquially known as Jagannath Puri due to its presiding deity – Lord Jagannath (an avatar of Lord Vishnu). It is believed that he, along with his sister Shubhadra and brother Balabhadra takes a vacation, annually in mid-summer, from his temple to his palace gardens in the countryside.

Each year, a beautiful spectacle is witnessed by millions across the world as the ornately decorated triple wooden chariots of these effigies are taken out, each with different specifications. Make afresh every 12 years, they house the deities for nine days annually whence they are taken on a pleasant sojourn, surrounded by devotees in a vibrant procession. Mesmerising to say the least, the Rath Yatra is Odissa’s most celebrated festivity.

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