Jagannath Temple of Puri is a famous blessed Hindu temple loving Lord Jagannath and located on the eastern seaside of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha. Jagannath Temple is more famous for its yearly Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three main temple gods are pulled on huge and ornamentally decorated temple carriages. Jagannath Puri Rath yatra 2016 will be held on 6 July 2016, Wednesday.
6th July 2016
Jagannath Rath Yatra 2016 Day: Wednesday
Jagannath Rath Yatra 2016 Details:
Lord Jagannath is adored mainly in city of Puri at famous Jagannath temple. Lord Jagannath is measured a form of Lord Vishnu and also appreciated by the followers of Vaishnavism. Jagannath exactly means Lord of the Universe. Jagannath temple is one of the four Hindu journey centers known as Char Dham journeys that a Hindu is expected to make in one’s lifetime. Lord Jagannath is adored along with his brother Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra.
Rath Yatra is celebrates for the purpose of Lord Jagannath’s annual visit to Gundicha Mata temple. It is said that to principle the devotion of Queen Gundicha, wife of the legendary King Indradyumna who built the Puri Jagannath temple, the Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra leave their regular abode in the main temple and pass a few days in this temple built by Gundicha in their morality.
The fourth day after Ratha Yatra is celebrated as Hera Panchami when Goddess Lakshmi, the partner of Lord Jagannath, visits Gundicha temple in search of Lord Jagannath. Hera Panchami should not be mixed up with Panchami Tithi as Hera Panchami is celebrated on the fourth day after Ratha Yatra and usually detected on Shashthi Tithi.
After relaxing eight days in Gundicha temple Lord Jagannath returns to his main house. This day is known as Bahuda Yatra or Return Yatra and is saw on the eighth day after Ratha Yatra on Dashami Tithi. Through Bahuda Yatra Lord makes a short strike at Mausi Maa temple which is dedicated to Goddess Ardhashini.
Lord Jagannath returns to his main house just before Devshayani Ekadashi when Lord Jagannath goes to sleep for four months. Ratha Yatra is also known as Puri Car Festival among foreign visitors.
It should be noted that rituals of Ratha Yatra start much ahead of Ratha Yatra day. Approximately 18 days before of Ratha Yatra Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra are given famous ceremonial bath which is known as Snana Yatra. Snana Yatra day is observed on Purnima Tithi in Jyeshtha month which is popularly known as Jyestha Purnima.