The most awaited festival of Rath Yatra or Car Festival Puri commences on the 25th June, Sunday 2017 and Bahuda Jatra‘ falls on 3rd July Monday 2017.
Ratha Yatra, the grand and colorful festival of chariots of Lord Jagannath accompanied by his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra, is held on Asadha Sukla Dwitiya i.e. the second day of bright fortnight of Asadha (June-July) every year. Car festival, this is one of the most awaited Hindu festivals of the state as well as the country.
Millions of devotees from different parts of the country and abroad witnessed the spectacle of world famous Car festival of Lord Jagannath at Puri.
This festival is also known as ‘Gundicha Yatra‘ and ‘Ghosha Yatra’. As per the prevailing tradition, Gundicha was the Rani (queen) of Raja Indradyumna, the legendary builder of the first temple. She had initiated this grand festival. Hence, this festival is also known after her name.
At Gundicha Temple the deities remain for 7 days and perform their return journey on the 9th day which is known as ‘Bahuda Yatra’. The three chariots reach back the main temple in the evening. On the next day, the three deities are attired in costumes of glittering gold ornaments and are worshipped by millions of devotees. This is known as the ‘Suna Vesha‘. Next day morning, the three deities go back to their original place of the temple. Their arrival into the sanctum sanctorum marks the end of the Car festival.