Lord Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra 2021 complete schedule
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The world-famous Lord Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra 2021 is all set to commence in the next few weeks. The Yatra usually begins on the Dwitiya Tithi (second day), Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon), in the Hindu month of Aashadha with rituals like Pahandi, Chera Panhara and the actual pulling of the chariots. It ends with Niladri Bije on Ashadha Purnima (Full Moon Day).
Devotees will not be allowed for all temple event amid fears of triggering the spread of coronavirus. Only servitors and temple officials will partake the rituals. Nobody would be allowed to gather on the Grand Road near the Temple.
Prohibitory order under Section 144 of CrPC will be imposed around the temple on Snan Yatra, the bathing festival of the deities of The trinity Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra, Puri district magistrate-cum collector Samarth Verma said.
Jagannath temple would be open for a public visit on July 25, authorities said on Wednesday.
According to reports, the schedule is as follows:
Though the Yatra will commence in July, the rituals will begin on Jyestha Purnima Tithi, i.e., June 24. The events will unfold with Mangalaparna at 1 AM, followed by Pahandi. Hari Bhesha will commence at 11 AM, and the event will conclude with Bahuda Pahandi between 5-8 PM.
The Gundicha Yatra shall begin on July 12 and include rituals like Pahandi (at around 8:30 AM) followed by Chhera Panhara at 2 PM and pulling the holy chariots at 3 PM.
The Bahuda Yatra shall start on July 20 and will have the rituals of Pahandi (between 12 PM to 2:30 PM and pulling of the chariots at 4 PM.
Suna Besha will take place on the next day ie July 21. The rituals shall take place between 4 PM to 5:30 PM.
The Adhara Pana rituals shall take place on July 22.
Niladri Bijee, the return of the trinity to the main temple, will be held on July 23. The procession will start at 4 pm and end at 10 pm.
Know more about the Rath Yatra
Three giant wooden chariots are made annually for carrying the idols of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balbhadra and sister Subhadra. Thousands of devotees participate in the event. And several others pay a visit to the city of Puri during these auspicious days.
Rath Yatra means a journey on a chariot. Therefore, the Lord and his siblings begin their journey from the temple to Gundicha to meet the Queen of Indradyumna, the king who built the famous Puri Temple.
On the fourth day, Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Jagannath, visits the Gundicha temple to meet her husband. Subsequently, after spending a few days at the Queen's abode, the three siblings begin their return journey. This ritual is called Bahuda. However, the Gods halt at the Goddess Ardhashini's temple to pay obeisance to her on the way to their Puri abode.