The world famous Jagannath Yatra of Puri began on June 23 with a limited number of chariot pullers shall culminate today. The event that lasts for over a week shall see Lord Jagannath returning to his abode in the Puri temple. And this return journey is called the Bahuda Yatra.
According to the schedule released by the Shree Mandir (Puri Jagannath Temple) administration, the Bahuda Pahandi shall commence at 8 AM and take place up to 10 AM followed by the Chera Panhara between 10:30 AM and 11.30 AM. And the Bahuda Yatra shall start around noon.
The Bahuda Yatra includes plenty of rituals. On the day of the return journey, the Mangal Aarti takes place as early as 4 AM, which is then followed by the Maellam. After this ritual, the Tadap Lagi & Rosa Homa is performed. Then in about 30 minutes, the Abakash is conducted followed by the Puja of Surya Dev. The gatekeepers of the Lord are also worshipped ahead of the Yatra.
The Dwarpala Puja is performed, followed by the Gopal Ballav and Sakala Dhupa for almost an hour. Then begins the Senapatalagi.
But the Lord’s return journey doesn’t culminate with his arrival in front of his abode. A few rituals like the Suna Besha and Adhara Pana will be performed followed by the Niladri Bije (concluding part of the rituals of the Bahuda Yatra). These rituals shall take place on July 2, 3 and 4, respectively.
The Jagannath Rath Yatra is an age-old tradition where three giant chariots made of Neem wood are pulled by devotees. This year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, only a limited number of people were allowed to participate. Usually, the annual Chariot festival attracts thousands of devotees from all over the world.