Jagannath Rath Yatra 2022: Know why the auspicious festival is celebrated

The Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra, also known as the Chariot Festival, is believed to be the oldest and largest chariot procession in the world. It is observed every year according to the Hindu calendar. This year, the festival started on July 1 at Puri, Odisha It will expire on July 12.

Apart from Puri, the auspicious Rath Yatra is also observed in various other cities with much pomp and fervor.

Jagannath Rath Yatra Bhagwan Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ludhiana. (Quick photo by Gurmeet Singh)

The Rath Yatra It is unique to the three Hindu deities who were led out of their temples in a colorful procession to meet devotees. And what makes this year special is that it will be the first time people have been participating in the Rath Yatra physically after a two-year hiatus due to covid-19 pandemic.

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Documented in sacred Hindu texts – the Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, Skanda Purana and Kabila Samhita – Subhadra, sister of Lord Jagannath, is believed to have wished to travel to Puri. To fulfill her wish, Lord Jagannath left with his older brother Lord Balabhadra for Puri in a chariot with Devi Subhadra.

Since then, this festival marks Annual Ceremonial Journey of Lord Jagannathbrother Balahdara and younger sister Subhedra, from their home temple to another temple considered their aunt’s home.


In Hindu mythology, the deities, once positioned, are not removed from their positions. The Jagannath Yatra It is the only festival whose rituals allow Hindu deities to travel from the Jagannath temple to the Gondisha temple, where they stay for a few days.

Jagannath_delhi_praveen khanna Devotees pull the music of Lord Jagannath in New Delhi. (Photo by Praveen Khanna)

All three compounds have their own name. While Lord JagannathThe chariot is called Nandigush, and the chariots of Lord Palabhadra and Devi Subhadra are called Taladhuga and Dharpadalana respectively. These vehicles are pulled by devotees and are believed to touch Lord Jagannath’s rope trolley He will cleanse all sins committed knowingly or unknowingly.

important dates

July 1, 2022: The Jagannath Rath Yatra starts from the Shri Jagannath temple in Puri towards the Gundicha temple.
July 5, 2022: Hira Panchami (the first five days during which the gods resided in the Gondisha temple)
July 8, 2022: Sandhya Darshan or Navami Darshan is the place where devotees can see and offer prayers for all Gods.
July 8, 2022: Bhoda Yatra is the period during which the gods begin to return home.
July 10, 2022: Sanabisa is the time when the Three Gods live in Jagannath temple.
July 11, 2022: Aadhar Pana is a ritual during which a special drink is served to sacred chariots.
July 12, 2022: Niladri Paige marks the end of the Jagannath Yatra.

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