Puri Rath Yatra 2020

Unprecedented confluence: Rath Yatra 2024, Nabajouban Darshan, and Netrotsav unite in Puri  

The Rath Yatra 2024, one of the grandest festivals celebrated in Puri, is set to commence on July 7. This year’s event holds special significance as it coincides with the observance of three major rituals – Rath Yatra, Nabajouban Darshan, and Netrotsav. The Chhatis Nijog (servitors’ body) and Niti Sub-Committee of the temple management meticulously planned the detailed schedule of the rituals during a meeting in the Pilgrim Town, with the final approval pending from the temple managing committee.

Historic Synchronization of Rituals

The simultaneous celebration of Rath Yatra, Nabajouban Darshan, and Netrotsav on the same day is a rare occurrence, reminiscent of the 1971 Rath Yatra. This unique synchronization requires precise planning to ensure that each ritual is performed with due reverence and devotion.

Detailed Schedule of Rath Yatra 2024

The rituals for Rath Yatra 2024 have been laid out with meticulous attention to detail:

  • Mangal Arati: 2:00 am
  • Dasavatar Bahudabije: 2:40 am
  • Opening of Anasarghara: 3:00 am
  • Netrotsav Puja: 4:00 am
  • Dwarapala Puja: 5:25 am
  • Gopal Ballav & Morning Puja: 6:00 am to 7:00 am
  • Senapata Lagi: 7:30 am to 12:00 noon
  • Ratha Pratistha: 11:00 am
  • Mangalarpana: 1:00 pm
  • Dhadi Pahandi: 1:10 pm
  • Completion of Pahandi: 2:30 pm
  • Chhera Pahanra: 4:00 pm
  • Charatphita: 4:30 pm
  • Chariot Pulling: 5:00 pm

Chariot Journey and Unique Rituals

In this year’s Rath Yatra, the ritual of Angyamala from the temple will be omitted, as done in previous years. The majestic chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra will be taken directly from Ratha Khala (chariot-making workshop) to Singhadwar (Lions Gate) in front of the temple. This marks a significant departure from traditional rituals, showcasing the festival’s adaptability while preserving its sanctity.

Key Highlights of the Festival

  • Chhera Pahanra: A symbolic ritual where the Gajapati King sweeps the chariots with a golden broom, signifying that everyone is equal before the Lord.
  • Ratha Pratistha: The ceremonial consecration of the chariots, infusing them with divine presence.
  • Dhadi Pahandi: The majestic procession of the deities to their chariots, a spectacle of grandeur and devotion.

Beyond Rath Yatra

The festival doesn’t end with Rath Yatra 2024. The Bahuda Yatra (return car festival) is scheduled for July 15, followed by the Sunabesha of the Lords on July 17. These events continue the spiritual fervor, drawing devotees from across the globe to partake in the divine celebrations.

Administrative Oversight

The Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Vir Vikram Yadav, presided over the planning meeting, ensuring all arrangements are in place for a smooth and auspicious event. The meeting was also attended by district collector Siddharth Shankar Swain, SP Pinak Mishra, senior officers of the district administration, and representatives of Chhatis Nijog.

The Rath Yatra of 2024 promises to be a historic and spiritually enriching event, blending tradition with meticulous planning. As the chariots roll through the streets of Puri, the synchronized rituals will undoubtedly enhance the divine experience for millions of devotees, reaffirming their faith and devotion in the sacred deities of Jagannath Temple.

For those planning to witness this grand spectacle, make sure to be a part of this unique confluence of rituals that promise to make Rath Yatra 2024 an unforgettable experience.