Rath Yatra or car festival of Puri Jagannath temple
is one of the largest religious ceremonies of India.
Next Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra 2014 date is July 29th,
Sunday. Puri Rath yatra commemorates the journey of
Lord Krishna from Gokul to Mathura. This annual festival
is celebrated on Ashad Shukla Dwitiya (second day in
bright fortnight of Ashad month).
As part of Rath Yatra, the idols of Lord Puri Jagannath, Lord
Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken out in a procession to
Gundicha Temple and remain there for nine days. Then the idols
or Rath Yatra returns to Puri Jagannath temple. The return
journey of Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra is known as Bahuda Yatra.
Chandan Jatra celebrated on Akshay Tritiya marks the beginning
of Rath Yatra festival during when the making of chariots and
sandalwood paste painting start.