You can watch the world-famous Puri Rath Yatra Live of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra from Badadanda here. The Rath Yatra date in 2023 is 20 June (Tuesday) as per the Odia calendar. Ratha Jatra’s date and time schedule are approved in Srimandir managing committee meeting. The rituals were earlier proposed and discussed at the Niti sub-committee and Chhatisha Nijog meetings.
Rath Yatra Live
Nowadays almost all Odia TV channels and DD National (Doordarshan) provide live telecasts of Rath Yatra. National Informatics Centre also provides online web streaming of the Car Festival for internet users. Odia channels are – OTV, Zee Sarthak, Prarthana TV, Jay Jagannath TV, Sidharth TV, Sidharth Bhakti, Colors Odia, Star Kiran, News18 Odia, Kalinga TV, Kanak News, MBC TV, Nandighosha TV, Argus News, Naxatra News, and Prameya News7.
Rath Yatra Schedule
Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, Puri is the oldest, biggest, and most popular in the world. Baripada Rath Yatra will come in the second place. Kendujhar Rath Yatra is third.
Jagannath Temple remains closed for 14 days from Snana Yatra to Naba Jaubana Darshan. The deities fall ill after the completion of the bathing ceremony. They are shifted to ‘Anasara’ house for treatment.
Puri Rath Yatra is the oldest among all. It has descriptions in the Padma Purana, Brahma Purana, Skanda Purana, and Kapila Samhita. Lord Jagannath visits her aunt’s house during Ratha Yatra.
Yes, Rath Yatra happens every year. It is an annual Hindu festival celebrated on the bright half of the lunar month of Ashadh (June-July). It is held in the city of Puri in the state of Odisha, India.
Three alternative names for Rath Yatra are – Gundicha Yatra, Ghosha Yatra, and Nabadina Yatra. Lord Jagannath visits the Gundicha temple in his Nandighosha Ratha for nine days.
The rope that is used to pull the Nandighosa Ratha is known as Shankahchuda. Taladhwaja Rath’s rope is called Basuki. Darpadalana Ratha’s rope is Swarnachuda.
Snana Purnima – 4th June 2023 (Sunday)
This is the day when Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra were born. On the day of Debasnana Purnima, the Holy Trinity with Lord Sudarshan is taken from the Ratna Singhasan to the Snana Bedi or Snana Mandap. The idols are then bathed with 108 pots of water. After the bath, the deities are dressed up in the Hati Besha or Gajanana Besa.
Later at night, the deities are taken to the Anasara Ghara, located in the temple complex. During the ‘Anasara’ period, the devotees cannot see their Gods. The idols then appear for public viewing only 15 days later, on the day before the famous Rath Yatra.
Now people will visit the Alarnath temple in Brahmagiri. As per legend, the darshan of Lord Alarnath in the attire of Lord Narayan during the Anasara period is equal to the darshan of Lord Jagannath.
Nabajouban Darshan – 19th June 2023 (Monday)
After the Snana Yatra, the deities develop fever and are kept away from public view for 15 days. On the 16th day, when the deities recovered from their sickness and become healthy, a festival is celebrated called Netrotsav. Naba Jaubana Besha is held to celebrate the rejuvenation of Lords’ body. Daitas repaint the body except for the eyes. The eyes of the idols are painted by their respective priests. Then devotees are allowed to have a glimpse of their God inside the temple.
Ratha Yatra – 20th June 2023 (Tuesday)
Rath Yatra is celebrated on Ashadh Shukla Dwitiya. Three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets of Puri called Badadanda. This commemorates the annual journey of Sri Jagannath, Balabhadra, and their sister Subhadra to their aunt’s temple, the Gundicha Temple which is situated at a distance of 2 km from Srimandira. They remain there for nine days. Then the deities return to the Puri Jagannath temple.
Hera Panchami – 24th June 2023 (Saturday)
Legend has it that to vent out her anger on Lord Jagannath for being left behind, Goddess Laxmi leaves for Gundicha temple in a palanquin on the fifth day of Rath Yatra (Hera Panchami). To make her pleased, the Lord concedes to her by offering her agyan mala (a garland of the consent). However, the servitors of Lord Jagannath close the main door of the Gundicha temple seeing the Goddess furious. Mahalaxmi feels jealous and insulted. She asks her servitors to break a part of Nandighosa Ratha. The episode is said to have drawn its origin from the Skanda Purana, the holy Hindu text.
Dakshina Moda – 25th June 2023 (Sunday)
On the sixth day of Ratha Jatra, the Dakshina Moda ritual takes place. The chariots of Lord Jagannath and his siblings parked on the Saradhabali in front of Gundicha Temple, facing north since Rath Yatra, are turned towards Jagannath Temple in the south.
This marks the beginning of the preparations for the Bahuda Jatra, the return journey of the deities to the Srimandir after their annual sojourn. Servitors bring Agyan Mala (garland of the consent) after Sakala Dhupa. Then the chariot of Devi Subhadra, Darpadalana Ratha, is first turned towards the south. It is followed by Lord Balabhadra’s Taladhwaja Rath and Lord Jagannath’s Nandighosha Rath.
Bahuda Yatra – 28th June 2023 (Wednesday)
The return journey of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra is known as Bahuda Yatra. The deities were brought out of the Gundicha temple in Pahandi (a special procession). They are taken to their chariots – Nandighosha, Taladhwaja, and Darpadalana, in which they had arrived. Then the chariots are pulled by the devotees back to the main temple – Srimandira. On their way home, the three chariots stop at the Mausi Maa Temple where Poda Pitha Bhog is offered to the deities. It is considered auspicious to get a glimpse of the deities on their chariots.
Suna Besha – 29th June 2023 (Thursday)
Suna Besha is held on the day after Bahuda Jatra. Lord Jagannath along with his siblings adorn the golden attire atop their respective chariots outside the temple. The Suna Besa is also called the Rajarajeswar Besha. It is observed five times in a year. But the one observed during Bahuda Yatra is called the Bada Tadau Besha. The amount of gold in this is much more than in all Suna Beshas combined.
Adhara Pana – 30th June 2023 (Friday)
Adhara Pana niti is held on the day after Suna Besha. This interesting ritual takes place on the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra. The uniqueness of this ritual is that each deity is offered a sweet drink (pana) from three huge cylindrical earthen pots on their respective chariot. After the drink is offered to the deities, the servitors willingly smash the pots so that the drink spills over the chariots. The drink is for the subsidiary deities on the chariots. It is also believed that evil spirits wait for this day to consume it to attain salvation.
Niladri Bije – 1st July 2023 (Saturday)
Niladri Bije ritual is held on the day after Adhara Pana niti. Marking an end to the Rath Yatra, the deities return to their abode. But, the day holds an important significance as Goddess Lakshmi does not allow Lord Jagannath to enter into the temple as he did not take her along for the vacation to his aunt’s place. After a lot of requests, Lord Jagannath finally offers Rasagola to calm her anger and requests her to forgive him. After a long conversation, Mahalakshmi finally accepts his apology and opens the temple gate, and allows Lord Jagannath to enter the temple. Lord Jagannath finally rejoins his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra on the Ratna Singhasana.
Rath Yatra 2023 is the only day when devotees who are not allowed on the temple premises, such as non-Hindus and foreigners, can get a glimpse of the deities. This Odia festival is also known as Gundicha Jatra, Ghosa Jatra, Navadina Yatra, Dasavatara Yatra, and by a variety of other names.
For the annual Rath Yatra in Puri, extensive preparations have been made to ensure the safety of devotees. A total of 170 police platoons will be sent out. Fast patrol vehicles will be used for the first time, and a Coast Guard helicopter will patrol the beach. Interceptor boats will be stationed at Paradip and ready for any emergency.
To filter out the crowd of dubious characters, the railway will deploy face-recognition cameras on the platform. For the comfort of devotees, up to 125 special trains would run to Puri. During the Rath Yatra, a significant number of CCTV cameras, supplemented by drone cameras attached to a number of control stations, will be operational.
This apart under a special mobility plan an advisory on vehicular movement to Puri has been issued. Vehicles arriving from Brahmagiri should park in the Florence India Garden parking area, while those arriving from Bhubaneswar and Konark may park close to grid substations and the Talabania area.
24 places have been set out for the parking of two-wheelers. The entire Puri town has been divided into 14 zones and 29 sectors. A 24-hour integrated traffic control room will be in operation. The special mobility plan includes a designated green corridor for ambulance emergencies. The restriction will be in place from June 19 at midnight until June 21.
In order to protect people from the heat and humidity during the Rath Yatra and prevent dehydration, plans have been made to provide 50 million water bottles to devotees. There have also been various public water fountain locations set up. To chill the air, a lot of water sprinklers and cold-water mist sprayers will be employed. In addition to these, other First Aid facilities with doctors and ambulances are being set up.