Puri Festivals

Puri festivals form an important part of the socio-cultural life of Puri. Ratha Yatra, Chandan Yatra, Dola Yatra, etc, are some of the important festivals of Puri which are celebrated with immense joy and spiritual fervor.

Some of the important festivals in Puri are:
  • Rath Yatra Festival - Rath Yatra Festival is one of the important festivals at Puri. The Rath Yatra Festival, which is also known as the Car Festival, commemorates the journey of Lord Krishna from Gokul to Mathura.
  • Chandan Yatra Festival - Chandan Yatra Festival is a 21 day festival that is held during the month of 'Baisakh'.
  • Kumar Purnima Festival - This festival is celebrated during the month of Aswina. On this occasion, the devotees of Lord Krishna, who is known as Lord Jagannath in Puri and Goddess Lakshmi play dice on the behalf of their titular deities.
  • Puri Beach Festival - This festival is held in the month of November for more than 5 days. The festival is organized by the Tourism of Orissa. The festival is a platform to celebrate the artistic heritage of Orissa.
  • Snana Yatra - The Snana Yatra is celebrated in the month of Jyestha. On the full-moon day of Jyestha, Lord Krishna along with Subhadra and Balabhadra are fetched out from their hut to be bathed in the bathing pandal.
  • Hera Panchami Festival - Hera Panchami Festival is celebrated on the fifth day after Ratha Yatra in the month of July. Hera Panchami Festival is held on the Shukla Panchami.
  • Avhisheka - Avhisheka is the coronation ceremony of Lord Jagannath. Avhisheka marks the beginning of the annual cycle of festivals at Puri.
  • Dola Yatra - Dol Yatra is a spring festival of Puri. On Dola Yatra, replicas of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken to the altar where they are kept for five days. Dola Yatra is one of the most popular festivals in Puri.
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Last Updated on : 12/03/2012