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Top 8 Jagannath rath yatra 2018 in India | Puri subha cart festival

Jagannath rath yatra –  The cart festival

Do you want to be part of the Rath Jatra? Here I am sharing the top 8 Rath yatra details, happened in India every year. It is a Hindu festival, associated with Lord Jagannath and one of the most famous festivals of India. The main carnival performed in Odisha. Other countries like New York, Japan, London, etc also celebrate  Jagannath rath yatra  with love.

Jagannath cart festival 2018

Every year they celebrate the Rath Yatra on the ‘Shukla Tithi’ of the Bengali month of “Asar” and in June of English month. This year on 14th July 2018 Shri Jagannath is in the Rath Yatra / Bahuda Tour celebrate in Puri.
Why Jagannath Rath Yatra celebrated?
They celebrate this festival in the memory of Lord Jagannath. He is one of the ten incarnations of Vishnu. Fifteen days after his annual bath, they bring him out. That time Lord Jagannath placed on a Rath or car with his elder brother Balabhadra and his sister Subhadra. The holy chariot is ready for go to Jagannath’s “Masir Bari”. Here Jagannath rests for a week. Devotees continue with their offerings on God for a week. Comes after a week of Jagannath’s return from his ‘Masir bari’ and Balabhadra and sister Subhadra will come back to their own temple.

How Odisha Ratha Jatra celebrated?

In this occasion, Lord Jagannath’s statue placed in a gorgeous chariot, it made of wood and it has has 16 wheels. They have statues of his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. The chariot passes through the major markets of the Orissa city.
The chariot stands for a week on the banks of the Ganges. In the meantime, the devotees offer their prayers and offer various kinds of offerings. After one week, the resumption begins and in the same way, they reproduce the idols and bringing the chariot to the main temple. Its called ‘ulto rath‘.

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Puri Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra path

Well decorated, colourful painted and designed, these chariots look like a temple. In the same street, they travel one by one, they call the place Baddand. Gundicha Temple (Masir bari) is 2Km from the main Jagannath temple, from where this chariot journey begins.

In the normal days only Hindu’s are allows to enter the Jagannath temple. Only festive day, people from every caste and other countries see the Lord. Entire world devotees and pilgrims come to be a part in the chariot festival. The prime wishes of the pilgrims are to touch and pull the rope of the holy chariot.

During this chariot journey, so much crowd that anyone can even know. But still, people reach the rope’s rope regardless of their life and finding them to be happy.

In relation to the three chariots of Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra, They makes the three chariots for Jagannath, Balram, Subhadra every new year. These three chariots decorated in a unique manner and decorated with bright red and yellow, blue, and black flag. The decoration is done on the main gate of the temple (the lenghar), which is on the east side of the temple.

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Description of 3 chariots of rath yatra

  1. Nandighosa Rath 

Nandighosa Rath is the name of Lord Jagannath’s chariot. It is also called caricature and kaplagwaza. In this, Madan Mohan is given with God.

Clothing colour – red and yellow colour

Rakhwala – Garuda

Name of Sarathi – Baru

Flag (flag) – trilokyamohini

Horses – Shankha, Balahankha, Suwayta, Haridas

Rope – Shankhachuda Naguni

Chairing of nine deities – Varah, Gobardhan, Krishna (Gopi Krishna), Nursingha, Ram, Narayana, Thikrikrama, Hanuman, Rudra

  1. Talwjaja rath

The name of Lord Balabhadra’s chariot is called Talvwaja, Nangalwaja.

Total wheel-14

Clothing colours – red, blue-green cloth

Rakhwala – Basudev

Name of Sarathi – Matalee

Flag (flag) – Avadhani

Horses – Tribur, Ghorra, Dargasharma, Swarnavan

Rope – Basuki Naga

Chairmen of nine deities – Ganesh, Kartikeya, Saramangala, Prahlembari, Hatayudha, Girirajay, Natwar, Mukteshwar, Sheeshdeva

  1. Darpadalana ratha

Subhadra devi’s chariot mane is dharadalna, devadhan, Padmavaj. In the chariot, goddess Subhadra gives goodness.

Total wheel-12

Clothing colour – red, black colour

Rakhawala – Jaidurga

The name of the surname – Arjun

Flag (flag) – Nadambika

Horses – Rocica, Mochica, Won, Aparajita

Rope – Golden Nuggets Naguni

Subhadra Devi Surrounded by nine deities – Chandi, Chamunda, Ugrata, Vanadurga, Shulidurga, Varanhi, Shyamalkali, Mangla, Vimala.

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Duration of Jagannath rath yatra ceremony

Rath Yatra is celebrated for seven days in Puri. The ceremony starts from the temple by installing the statues of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra on the chariot. It continues till the day of his return, and after one week the statues was restored and reposing in the temple. Puja and Archana and Hari Sankirtan are continued in this period. Brahmin and beggars are fed up and Downers are donated clothes and foods.

The procession of Rath Yatra, there is a huge crowd of people on both sides of the road. Everyone wants to see the idol of God in the chariot and get the blessings. Throughout the entire path, there is raining of flowers on chariots.

Ending of Jagannath rath yatra 

The Jagannath temple is one of the specimens of ancient architecture. Special police arrangements are being made to investigate accidents. Police officers stay on the spot to direct the police activities. This is a unique sample of ancient architecture. On this occasion, special arrangements are made to control heavy crowds in Puri.

 

Some Interesting Facts about puri rath yatra festival

  • Rath Yatra is a very mythological festival and it is celebrated in India as well as in other countries of the world. This festival is especially famous in Dublin, New York, Toronto and Laos.
  • “Poda Peetha” is one of the main desserts of this festival which is very famous.
  • Three gods Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are decorated with a total of 208 kg of gold.
  • During the British rule, the festival of Jagannath Rath Yatra was called Juggernaut due to its large and weighty chariots.
  • Every time the Rath Yatra has been celebrated, every time it has been rained all the time.
  • Jagannath temple is the only temple in the world where the stupa or statue of God is pulled out of the temple.
  • All three chariots are made completely new every year at the time of this Ratha yatra.

Rath Yatra in West Bengal

In West Bengal and Kolkata, during This festival, regional fairs are held in every locality. Some of the most widely known Ratha Yatra in West Bengal is

  • Iskcon kolkata rath yatra  or Rashbehari Ratha Yatra 
  • Iskcon Mayapur rath yatra
  • Mahesh Ratha Yatra in Hooghly District 
  • Mahishadal Ratha Yatra in East Midnapore District 
  • Guptipara Ratha Yatra
  • Rajbalhat Ratha Yatra

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ISCKON Rath Yatra in Kolkata 

Kolkata’s Rath Jatra Festival is the second largest Rath Yatra festival in the world. About 100 years ago, the most memorable monk from Calcutta, “Srila Prabhupada” organized the Rath Jatra festival in Kolkata, when he was only six years old.

After 70 years he again organized this festival in Calcutta in 1972. The year 1972 was 12 July, Wednesday and it was about 2 pm. When the huge chariots carrying the Lord Jagannath, Lord Baldev and Subhadra Devi were drawn from the Radha Govinda Temple in Kolkata, from 3C Albert Road. Beautifully arranged the huge chariot and Lord Jagannath idol was about 30 feet tall and were a perfect replica of Orissa’s Jagannath Puri.

The chariot crosses through Camac Street, Park Street, Chaurangi, Chittaranjan Avenue, and Mahatma Gandhi Road and finally, the chariot arrive at the Radha Govinda Temple at Thakurbari of the Mallik’s family. People were ridden on the road to see a glimpse of this glorious event.

At the end of the 5-hour journey, reaching the house at 7 am, Mallik’s Thakurbari. There the Lord was garlanded and the women offered fruit and sweet to the Lord in the Silver Plate. Rath Yatra festival was celebrated for 7 days in Mallik’s Thakurbari.

Kolkata ratha yatra 2018

The rath yatra festival will start in the morning at 8 am in ISKCON Kolkata Minto park. Address – 3C Albert Road, Minto Park, Kolkata – 700017. Our honourable chief minister Smt Mamata Banerjee will present here around 2:00 pm.

After the procession starts from Albert road, Minto park – Sarat Bose road – Hazra – Exide more – and finished in Brigade Parade Ground. A “Mela” will be held on Brigade Parade Ground for seven days.

The Ulto rath start on 11:00 AM from Brigade Parade ground on 22 July and cover Esplanade – Lelin Sarani – C.I.T. Road Shakespear Sarani – Hungerford Street – Minto park.

 

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Hare Krishna Ratha yatra in Mayapur iskcon

The Mayapur Iskcon devotees celebrate Jagannath Rath Jatra on 14th of July. Here the idol of Lord Jagannath, Baldev and Subhash will sit in the three different chariots. The chariots took out a huge procession from the Iskcon Jagannath temple Rajapur to the Chandradaya temple at Mayapur.

The most promising feature of the Mayapur rath yatra is that equality and integration become a symbol because people from different communities participate enthusiastically. It has been a practice for several years in Mayapur, there is no segregation of cast, religion, community, and a large number of people participates in this Ratha Yatra.

The preparation and planning of the festival begin on the day of the Akshay Trithia, and since then, more than 100 devotees are spending the night and the day and work extremely hard for Ratha Yatra festival. The inauguration of the festival will start in the morning on July 14th 2018.

The devotees will be decorated with the chariot with colourful flowers, necklaces, flags, lamps etc. In the afternoon, the students of the Gurukula are starts chanting Vedic Mantra, and they carried the idol and place them to their respective cars – Taladwaja of Lord Baladeva, Devadanala of Subhadra Devi and Nandighosa of Lord Jagannath.

 

Mayapur iskcon rath yatra Festival Schedule

14th July @ 1.00p.m Pandu Vijay of Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Devi at Rajpur Jagannath Temple.

@ 2.30 p.m- Ratha Yatra procession begins.

@ 6.00p.m – Ratha – Ratha yatra ends at Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Temple.

15th July to 21st July – Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Temple devotees organize a special puja, Bajan, Kirtan, Deepdan, & free Prasadam distribution at Lord Jagannath temple which will be set up inside the main temple.

22nd July @ 1.00p.m – Pahandi Vijay of Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Devi at Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Temple.

@ 2.30 p.m – Ratha Yatra procession begins.

@ 6.00 p.m – Ratha yatra ends at Rajpur Jagannath Temple.

How to reach Mayapur rath yatra

Reach Mayapur By train

From Howrah railway station

Take Intercity express, around 3:15 PM from Howrah. It reaches Nabadwip Dham at around 5:15 PM. The second option is, you get local train Howrah and which pass through Nabadwip Dham, It takes about 3 hours to reach Nabadwip.

From Nabadwip Dham station, take a rickshaw to Mayapur Ghat and cross the Ganga River and reach Hular Ghat at Mayapur. Take a rickshaw to come to ISKCON’s Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir.

But it is a better option to get down at Bishnupriya Halt Station which is nearer to Mayapur Ghat.

From Sealdah station

Take Krishnanagar local or katwa local and get down to the Krishnanagar Jn station. to reach Krishnanagar by express train It takes about two hours and in the local train, it will take two and half hours.

You can also take Katwa local and get down to the Nabadwip Dham station and by rickshaw reach Mayapur feri ghat cross the river and take another rickshaw to come to the ISKCON’s Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir.

From Krishnanagar

From Krisnanagar, you can catch a rickshaw to go to the bus terminal and catch a bus to ISKCON Mayapur. Or, you can get into an auto to go to Mayapur Ghat in Swarup Ganj, get on a boat to cross over the Jalangi River to reach Hular Ghat at Mayapur. Then take a rickshaw to come to ISKCON Mayapur.

Reach Mayapur By bus

ISKCON Kolkata branch provides AC and non-AC buses service. The bus runs thrice a week, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The bus takes tourist from the Kolkata ISKCON temple straight to Sri Mayapur.

For more info – 033 64588777, 033 32488041, +91-3330-289258.

Iskcon Kolkata centre also provides cars for hire, 033 64588777.

mayapur ratha yatra

mayapur ratha yatra

Mahesh Ratha Yatra in Hooghly District

Mahesh is in the main centre of the Jagannath shrine today and India’s second oldest “Rath Jatra” or the festive home after Puri. This is the oldest chariot festival in Bengal. Devotes take the chariot to the Lord’s garden house which is towards the north of the Mahesh and returns it to its original place after eight days. A huge fair is held on this occasion. Since 1397 the chariot has been constantly renovated every year.

This year Mahesh’s Rath Jatra has been completed 622 years on 14th July. There is a mention of the Rath Yatra in Bankim Chandra’s ‘Radharani’ story. Chaitanyadev himself came here in the chariot festival.

Organizers of Jagannath Mandir organized this event. 400 years after the festival began, in 1797, the grandfather of Balram Basu, the famous disciple of Srimat Ramkrishna Dev, donated a chariot of Sri Krishna Naram Basu temple. In 1835, his son Guruparup Basu renewed the chariot. But this chariot was destroyed by fire. Kali Chand Bose created another chariot in 1825, but when someone commits suicide inside it, it is abandoned. Bishamma Basu made another chariot in 1857, but it was also burnt down.

The current chariot is probably a chariot donate by Dewan Krishna Chandra Bose of Martin Burn Company. It is still alive because of its made with iron. It is 45 feet long and is built in the traditional “non-nominal” style of Bengal. The 45 feet chariot has 10 wheels and 9 turrets. A big fair set up during the festival and continues for 1 month.

How to reach Mahesh Ratha Yatra in Hooghly District

Train from Howrah to Srerampur and take an auto to Mahesh

By car take the GT Road to Mahesh.

Time- Mahesh Rath Yatra starts at about 3 pm.

Mahishadal Ratha Yatra in East Midnapore District 

Mahishadal in East Midnapore and famous for chariot festival of West Bengal. The Mahisadal wooden chariot is called the world’s highest Rath (chariot). The wooden Rath height is 75 feet. In 1766, the mahisdal rath yatra was started by the Rani Janaki Devi. There are several changes in the chariot, but its main structure has been in the same position for the last 242 years.

The walls of the chariot are brightly painted and decorated with small statues. The huge chariot is on 36 wheels.

Mahishadal Rath Jatra started at around 3 am, but it is suitable to reach earlier because the vehicle road is closed for few hours before starts the rath yatra. So reach as early as possible, to the get opportunity to explore Mahishadal Rath Jatra.

Mahishadal Rath Jatra organizes a “Mela” (Fair), where all kinds of accessories were sold. Rotha Jatra inaugurated by local King Hariprasad Garg. The queen (king) who came to a palanquin to started the journey with the first tug in the chariot. The opening was marked by gun-shots and gun shoot continued the whole Ratha yatra.

Ratha is pulled by four thick ropes, one of which is reserved for women. The chariot is pulled through a muddy and slippery land, and it is believed to be a miracle that the incident goes without a stamped. The chariot puller has to follow some instruction.

The volunteer who stands high on the chariot with a red and green flag indicates stop them at one point and push it respectively. To celebrate the ceremony Young people playing with mud. They threw mud on each other and played an active role in the chariot festival. The entire program was monitored by the local volunteer and NNC cadets with the India Rescue Clash.

How to reach Mahishadal Ratha Yatra

By car Kolkata -> Mecheda -> Nandakumar -> Mahishadal

By train Howrah -> Panskura -> Satish Samanta Halt

Both distances are more than 100 km and took around 3 hours

Ratha Yatra Time

The Ratha Yatra begins at 3 pm.

west bengal rath yatra

west bengal rath yatra

Guptipara Rath Yatra 

Hooghly Zilla Guptipara (Prantik Station towards East Bardhaman District) Rath Yatra, one of the ancient rath yatras of West Bengal. Guptiparar Rath Yatra is old and famous as Puri, Mahesh, Iskon. This year the 279th year of Rath Yatra is being celebrated ov 14th July. The first thing about Guptipara is that Guptipara’s huge and colourful chariots. It is entirely a Vaishnav centre. Here Rath Jayatra (Rath festival) is the main festival and prime attraction.

While coming to see the Guptipara Rath Yatra, you can take a look at the many ancient terracotta temples here.

The famous temples of Guptaipara 

1) Brindaban Chandra Math and Mandir campus next to Jagannath Dev’s house.

There are 4 temples

a) Brindaban Temple

b) Ram Chandra Mandi

c) Krishna Chandra Mandi

d) Chaityano Dev Temple

(Among them, Brindaban Chandra and Krishna Chandra Mandir are “Atchala” Temple and Ram Chandra Temple “Ak Chala” and those temple made with terracotta work. Chaitanya Dev Mandir is the oldest ancient temple.)

2) Desh Kali Bari

3) Banglar Prachinotomo (Oldest) Baroyari: Bindho Basini Jagadhatri Baroyari

4) Jagannath Dev of Masir bari (Auntie house)

How to reach Guptipara Rath Yatra 

  • Boarding from Howrah railway station or Bandel railway Jn. and arrive in Guptipara station, it’s just before the Ambika Kalna railway station.
  • You can also reach Guptipara from Santipur by crossing the river Ganga, which is in Nadia district. Feri or launch service is available here.
  • Santipur is well connected with Krishna Nagar station and Santipur station. Regular bus service is also available.

You can visit entire places in Guptipara by a toto within 3 to 4 hour. All the places like Guptipara, Ambika Kalna, Mayapur just a little distance.

Rajbalhat Ratha Yatra

Rajbalhat Rath Jatra is famous as the other festivals in West Bengal. In Rajbalhat the Radhakanta temple was built in 1733 at Gtatakpara. Ghatkapara Radhakanta Temple is famous for the Rath Jatra. There is a unique feature of Rajbalhat’s chariot yatra. Here carries instated statues of Jagannath, Balaram and Suvadra, they carry Radha Krishna statues.

Now Rath Jatra organized the Rajbalat School Committee and a large fair was held at the school ground. Fairs sell home decor items and there is a great variety of mouthwatering food. The date is 14th July 2018.

How to reach Rajbalhat Ratha Yatra

From Howrah railway station take Tarakeswar local for Haripal. It will take one-hour. After reaching Haripal you can avail bus or trekker for Rajbalhat. It’s a 30-minute journey.

Another option is to take a bus from Dharmatala Sahid Minar Bus Terminus and reach Rajbalhat directly. It will take around 2 hours.

iskcon rath yatra international

iskcon rath yatra international

New York Ratha Yatra

Since 1976, this annual Jagannath Rath Jatra festival is celebrated by Hare Krishna fans in the heart of New York City.

On 9th July 1967, San Francisco started the first rath outside of India. The Rath Yatra started by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (founder of ISKCON). Today the Ratha Yatra celebrated throughout the world like London, Paris, New York, Durban, Rome, etc.

The Rath Yatra Festival was held on Saturday  Washington Square Park, followed by 2 pm to 7 pm. You can enjoy free delicious vegetarian food prepared by the Hare Krishna devotees. In the festival, you can also enjoy the cultural events like Bharat-Natyam Dance, dramas, Hare Krishna Bhajans-Kirtans and lots more.

New York Ratha Yatra Parade and Festival Information

  • The Rath Yatra will be held on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 | 11:00 AM
  • The Rath Yatra starting approx. at 11.am.
  • The three chariots will move on from 45th Street, Fifth Avenue down (SE corner) to Washington Square Park.
  • The car festival end on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Ratha yatra London 2018

Rath Yatra is celebrated all over the world. Pilgrims and devotees organized a huge procession for the ratha yatra. They made huge wooden chariots for the Deities and all the chariot pulled by hand.
After the procession there is arranged beautiful celebration with a feast, tearing and chanting, distribution of books and more.
The Ratha Yatra festival will take place on 24th June 2018

Schedule:
The procession begins: South Carriage Drive, 12 pm from Hyde Park
The procession ends: 2 pm at Trafalgar Square
Festive ends: 5 in Trafalgar Square

Do not forget to enjoy free water and free vegetarian food when you visit Trafalgar Square. Most welcome for the procession and enjoy being among the Lord’s Jagannath and His devotees.

Other International Rath Yatra location and date

 

Rath Yatra
PlacesTime and Date(2018)
Baltimore, Maryland28-Apr
University of Maryland College30-Apr
University of Maryland Baltimore County2-May
Potomac HoliDC Hare Krishna Kirtan & Colors Festival6-May
Winston Salem – North Carolina19-May
Atlanta, GeorgiaJune 2 & 3
New York City9-Jun
Hartford Connecticut16-Jun
Bloomington, Illinois24-Jun
Montreal, QuebecJuly 7 & 8
Toronto, OntarioJuly 14 & 15
Sudbury, Ontario17-Jul
Calgary, Alberta21-Jul
Edmonton, Alberta28-Jul

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