Puri Ratha Yatra is the festival of Chariots of Lord Jagannath celebrated every year on the Second Day of Shukla Paksha of Aashada Masa at Puri, the temple town in Odisha State on the east coast of India.
The Ratha Yatra of Jagannatha is popularly known as Car Festival. It is also known as Gundica Yatra. Gundica was the name of the queen of Indradyumna, the legendary builder of the first temple and hence the name Gundica Yatra for the festival.
It is a nine day festival. During this period, on the first day the deities are taken to the Gudicha Temple located at a distance of 3km from the main temple in three beautifully decorated new Chariots, made for each of three deities.
On the last day i.e. the 9th day, the deities are brought back to the main temple on the same chariots. Thus the deities spend Seven Days in Gudicha Temple. The return journey is called Bahuda Yatra. Jagannatha Rath Yatra completes with the Bahuda Yatra.
The Chariots are made up of Logs of Wood. These wood are brought from the forest of Dasapalli located at a distance of about 200km from Puri city. It is a tradition to construct three new chariots for each deity of the temple and after completion of the yatra all the three chariots are dismantled.
The special names of these three chariots are Jagannatha – Jagannatha – Nandighosa, Balabhadra Taladhvaja and Subhadra – Devadalana.
Bahuda Yatra 2016 Date :
In 2016, Bahuda Yatra will take place on 14th July 2016.
Bahuda Yatra 2016 Live Telecast :
Various T.V. channels provide Live Telecast of Bahuda Yatra 2016 on TV. This Live Telecast of Bahuda Yatra 2016 from Puri will be available on TV channels like Doordarshan National (DD1), DD Oriya, Orissa TV.
Along with this Aaj Tak, ABP Star News, Zee News, NDTV, TV9, CNN-IBN, India TV, etc devotees can watch the coverage of Bahuda Yatra 2016 on major news channels in India.
Bahuda Yatra 2016 Live Streaming :
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