Jagannath Rath Yatra, Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is a most famous city of Gujarat and Many festivals are celebrated with full of religious spirit and Rath Yatra is one of them. Rath Yatra is a kind of chariot journey which held by lots of devotee crowds. Jagannath Rath Yatra celebrated for many years in Ahmedabad and also many states of India. Ahmedabad Rath Yatra has a great history in India. Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad is one of the most popular bright and colorful religious celebrations of Gujarat state.

  • Rath Yatra Dates for 2024 – Sunday, July 7, 2024

Rath Yatra is also celebrated as ‘Lokotsav’ in Ahmedabad. It is the one of the most holy festival in which a big procession is helped by a large crowd and they cover the entire city throughout the procession. The inauguration of the festival is begun by the CM of Gujarat and much scared activity has been done during the procession. Rath Yatra has a major significance in India and it is largely celebrated in Puri which is the most favorite destination to celebrate this Hindu Religious chariot festival.

Jagannath Rath Yatra, Ahmedabad

Fact about Jagannath Rath Yatra of Ahmedabad

  • When: The festival is celebrated in the month of June or July in Ahmedabad.
  • Where: Rath Yatra Festival takes place in Jamalpur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • Timing: Celebrations commence early in the morning and continue until evening.
  • Duration: The Rath Yatra is celebrated throughout the entire day.
  • Significance: On this day, Lord Shree Krishna journeyed to his aunt’s house with his brother and sister, Subhadra.
  • Main Attractions:
    • Decorated three big Chariots
    • Three Deity idols
    • Huge Crowd
    • Richly decorated elephants, trucks, and cars
    • Akhada performances
    • Singing religious groups
  • Attendees:
      • Chief Minister
      • Many VIPs
      • Devotees from all around Ahmedabad.

Rath Yatra is celebrated many parts of India, but the Puri and Ahmadabad’s Rath Yatra celebration are most famous around India. The grand celebration starts on the day of the wrath Yatra festival. Ahmedabad has been celebrated this festival for more than 130 years. The festival is dedicated to the three Great deity’s Krishna as Lord Jagannath, Balarama as Balabhadra and Subhadra who is a sister of Krishna.

The sacred procession starts on the day of Rath Yatra from the Jagannath temple in Jamalpur area in Ahmedabad and passes a 14 kilometer route through an entire city sensitive area such as Kalupur, Prem Darwaja, Delhi Chakla, Shahpur Darwaza, Dariyapur and Shahpur which are mostly Muslim area. The major attraction of the Rath Yatra is the highly decorated elephants. Up to 14 elephants are used for the Rath Yatra procession and all important rituals performed during the celebration. Up to 20 elephants, many trucks, various many religious groups, singing troupes, seven cars and three main decorated deity’s chariots take part in the procession.

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest Airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport Ahmedabad which is approximately 12 km away from The Jagannath temple, Jamalpur.

By Rail: The nearest station is Kalupur. Ahmedabad is a well connected with all Major cities and State of India. There are many trains available to reach to Ahmedabad.

By Bus: The nearest bus stand is Kalupur. There are many private and public transportation is available to reach to Ahmedabad in Gujarat. You can hire a taxi or an Auto or can use a Bus to reach Jamalpur Locality.

The Rath Yatra festival contains many other interesting things such as participation of Akhada Sadhus and Mahants which attracts more people to celebrate. The celebration remains till the evening and ends returning to the Jamalpur Jagannath Temple again. The Rath Yatra festival is celebrated with the huge police force and many safety arrangements. Entire procession has been analyzed by latest technology into a control room to prevent any unwanted crime.

This is done to keep the safety of the devotee’s crowd during procreation. During the celebration, hundreds of KG Prasad used during the festival and water fountains being sprayed on the devotees. Hundreds of resident people filled streets of Ahmedabad from early morning to witness the grand Rath Yatra procession. The Ahmedabad Rath Yatra is second largest festival after the Puri. Devotees take part in Rath Yatra festival celebration and get blessings from Lord Jagannath and make their life sacred.

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