Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India. This year, the festival is all set to commence on June 25 and the return cart festival or Bahuda Jatra will fall on July 3.
The festival is celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksha of Ashadh, the third month, according to the traditional Oriya calendar.
The rath yatra is a journey in a chariot accompanied by the public and it usually commences in the month of June or July. Three chariots of the deities with the temple in the background are led onto a 3km street in Puri, popularly known as Bada Danda. The procession culminates at the Shri Gundicha Temple, where the deities revel in a nine-day stay.
Thousands of devotees have already arrived in Puri while the district administration expects a congregation of around 10 lakh people during the festival.
Three majestic chariots — Nandighosa (Lord Jagannath), Taladwaja (Balabhadra) and Darpadalan (Subhadra) — have been kept ready before the 12th century Jagannath Temple in Puri.