Rath Yatra 2021 will be celebrated on Monday, July 12. Rath Yatra is one of the biggest Hindu festivals and it’s organized every year at the famous Jagannatha temple in Puri, Odisha, India.
Rath Yatra is celebrated on Dwitiya Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Ashada month (June-July).
Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra Date & Time
- Rath Yatra Date – Monday, July 12, 2021
- Dwitiya Tithi Begins – 07:47 AM on July 11, 2021
- Dwitiya Tithi Ends – 08:19 AM on July 12, 2021
Jagannath Ratha Yatra Rituals & Significance
Lord Jagannatha is considered as a form of Lord Vishnu. Jagannatha literally means Lord of the Universe. The Jagannatha temple in Puri is one of the four Hindu pilgrimage centers known as Char Dham.
Lord Jagannatha is worshipped along with his brother Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra.
Lord Jagannatha Ratha Yatra begins with a visit to Gundicha Mata Temple to honor the devotion of Queen Gundicha, wife of the legendary King Indradyumna who built the Puri Jagannatha temple.
The fourth day after Ratha Yatra is celebrated as Hera Panchami when Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Jagannatha, visits Gundicha temple in search of Lord Jagannatha. After resting for eight days in Gundicha temple Lord Jagannatha returns to his main abode. This day is known as Bahuda Yatra or Return Yatra.
Lord Jagannatha returns to his main abode just before Devshayani Ekadashi when Lord Jagannatha goes to sleep for four months.