Mahant Shree Narsinhdasji Maharaj had introduced the Rathayatra in the year 1878. Rathayatra is observed on ASHADHA SHUKLA DWITIYA every year. Normally, throughout the year devotees come to the temple for the DARSHAN of Lord Jagannath and on this day, Lord Jagannath Himself goes out to see his devotees especially, to disabled who could not visit the temple. The Ahmedabad Rath Yatra is the oldest and largest Rath Yatra festival after the Rath Yatra festival in Puri, and is celebrated on the same day. On this day, The Chief Minister of Gujarat performs the Pahind Vidhi or the symbolic cleaning of the path for chariot of Jagannath for the rath yatra, after which the procession begins. The procession is led by elephants in decorative dress, and then followed by TRUCKS decorated with religious floats and then AKHADAVALA’s, with their trained ATHLETS performing aerobatics to please Lord Jagannath. Next in the procession follows disciples with decorative flags of the temple, BHAJAN MANDALI, RAS GARBA, bands and then comes the Holy Trinity on chariots pulled by devotees. The rath yatra entourage passes through different parts of the city of Ahmedabad covering a distance of about 14-km. The procession halts at Saraspur, where the local people feed the entire entourage of devotees of Lord Jagannath. In the evening the Rathayatra returns to the main temple.


Shree Jagannath Temple, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India