Puri Jagannath Yatra 2024: From Changes, Schedule To Safety Measures, All You Need To Know

This year's adjustments follow the precedent set in 1971.

by Nikitha Sebastian
Puri Jagannath Yatra 2024: From Changes, Schedule To Safety Measures, All You Need To Know

The vibrant Jagannath Yatra, a highlight of India’s festival calendar, attracts millions every year. However, the 2024 of the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra edition brings some key changes. Let’s delve into the timings, adjustments, and how Puri readies itself for this momentous event.

About The Puri Jagannath Yatra 2024

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This year, devotees won’t be able to witness the highly anticipated “Nabajouban Besha,” where the deities appear in youthful attire after a period of rest. Due to a shift in the temple almanac, the rest period is shortened, eliminating the public viewing of the Nabajouban Besha. Nevertheless, the rituals associated with it will still be performed.

The grand chariot pulling ceremony, featuring the three chariots – Nandighosha, Taladhwaja, and Darpadalana – commences at 5 pm on July 7. This decision was finalised at the Shree Jagannath temple’s Chhattisa Nijog meeting.

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History, Schedule And Safety

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The day kicks off with the ‘Mangal Alati’ at 2 am, followed by the ‘Netra Utsav Bandhapana’ at 4 am. From 7:30 am to noon, the ‘Chhenapatta Lagi Seva’ by Daitapati servitors prepares the deities for their journey. Chariot consecration is completed by 11 am, and the ceremonial ‘Pahandi’ of the deities starts at 1:10 pm, concluding by 2:30 pm. The Puri king, Dibyasingha Deb, performs the ‘Chhera Pahanra’ ritual at 4 pm, after which devotees begin pulling the chariots at 5 pm.

Puri is gearing up for the festival in a big way. High-mast lights will bathe intersections and bazaars in light, while electric poles are being moved to prevent obstacles. Enhanced security is being provided with CCTV cameras installed every 10 kilometres along the route. Devotees and chariot movement will be facilitated by clearing encroachments along the highway.

This year’s adjustments follow the precedent set in 1971 when a similar celestial arrangement necessitated schedule changes. Several rituals will be performed simultaneously on the day of the Rath Yatra. The ‘agyanmala’ for the car festival will be brought from Pati Dian instead of the deities, mirroring the 1971 schedule.

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The Jagannath Yatra transcends changes. It remains a time of immense joy and spiritual connection. Devotees from across the globe will gather to witness and participate in this grand event, seeking blessings and celebrating the journey of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Balabhadra. Puri is committed to making the Yatra a safe, smooth, and unforgettable experience for all.

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