Lord Jagannath visits his aunt’s place every year in his majestic chariot with a lot of pomp and show which starts from the Puri Jagannath Temple. It is famously known as ‘Jagannath Rath Yatra‘, which is followed by millions of pilgrims all over the world. This temple is known as the Shreekhetra Dham of India and prime of all Jagannath temples in India. It is celebrated on the ‘Dwitiya’ (2nd day) during the ‘Ashadha Shukla Paksha’ (the waxing phase of moon in the Ashadha month of the Hindu calendar).
Rituals Of The Famous Car Festival (Rath Yatra 2017)
On 2017, the Chariot will be pulled on 25th June 2017(Sunday). The tithi, for this day, is
Dwitiya Tithi Begins = 04:21 on 25/Jun/2017
Dwitiya Tithi Ends = 01:01 on 26/Jun/2017
Rajendrabhisekha – 04.06.2017 : Grand Coronation (abhisekh) of the Lord of the Universe – The Mahabprabhu.
Rukmaniharan Ekadashi – 05.06.2017 : This was the day when Lord Krishna had kidnapped the beautiful Rukmani.
Champaka Dwadashi – 06.06.2017 : It is observed on 12th day of bright fortnight of Jyestha month. Special puja and bhog are offered to Lord Jagannath on this day.
Daitapai Prabesha & Charabandha – 07.06.2017
Chhaturdashi Senapata Lagi – 08.06.2017
Debasnana Purnima – 09.06.2017
This is famously known as Snana Purnima. Lord Jagannath along with his brother and sister are taken to the banks of a pond known as ‘Snana mandapa’. He is made to have a bath with 108 vessels of water taken from the pond.
Dashami Chaka Bije – 19.06.2017 : Puja after the final wheel of the charriot is prepared.
Khalilagi Ekadashi – 20.06.2017
Rajaprasad Bije (Dwadashi) – 21.06.2017
Ghanalagi – 22.06.2017
Netroutsav & Nabajaubana Darshan – 24.06.2017
After the holy Snana Purnima, Lord Jagannath is said to catch cold and fever for a duration of 15 days. He is made to have homemade medicines and all the time takes rest in his cot. No devotees are allowed to visit the Lord during these 15 days. After the completion of the 15 days when devotees are allowed to see Lord Jagannath, it is known as Netroutsav.
Srigundicha – 25.06.2017
The famous Car festival commences on this day. Lord Jagannath along with his siblings starts for the most pompous vacation to his aunt’s place.
Hera Panchami – 29.06.2017 : ‘Hera’ means to ‘see’ and ‘Panchami’ means the ‘fifth day’. It is celebrated at Gundicha temple on the fifth day from the start date of the Car festival. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi and is also known as a ritual of Goddess Mahalaxmi. Read More…
Dakhina Moda – 30.06.2017
Sandhya Darshan – 02.07.2017
Suna Besha – 04.07.2017
After they return, the chariots are kept in front of the Puri – Jagannath temple while preparations are made for a royal look of the Gods. “Suna Besa” is the form Lord Jagannath takes up along with his brother and sister. In this ritual, they are mounted with huge amounts of Gold jewelry and clothes made of Gold. It is believed that whoever sees the Lord in Suna Besa gets free of all his bad Karmas. Read More..
Adharapana – 05.07.2017
Neeladribije – 06.07.2017
Then comes’ the very significant Niladri Bije. This is really interesting as it is all about the continuation of the fight between Lord Jagannath and Goddess Laxmi. Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra enter the temple after they return from the vacation but Lord Jagannath is not allowed to enter the temple. A fight happens between Lord Jagannath and Laxmi in front of the temple for a long temple. Goddess Laxmi allows him to enter only after he offered her ‘Rasgulas’ – an Oriya sweet made of curd cheese.
Here ends the enormous car festival of the Gods. The Rath Yatra at Puri is a significant event in the entire state that is witnessed by numerous tourists both foreigners and Indians. During the Rath Yatra, Puri is colored in the most vivid hues of sheer joy & enjoyment and is flocked with devotees who wish to pay their honor to the deities and seek their blessings.
Related Topics on Lord Jagannath & Rath Yatra
Hera panchami – The Grand Fight Between Lord Jagannath And Laxmi
Suna Besa Of Lord Jagannath (The Gold Avatar Of God)