Bahuda Rath Yatra is the return journey of chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra from the Gundicha Temple to the Puri Jagannath Temple.
This return journey of the three chariots takes place on the tenth day in bright fortnight of the Hindu calendar month of Ashadha (Ashadha Shukla Dwadashi) which often falls in the month of June – July in the Gregorian Calendar.
In layman’s language, Bahuda Yatra normally takes place nine days after the Rath Yatra Day.
This festival is also known by several other names like Ulto Rath or Ulta Ratha Yatra.
During this return journey, the three chariots stop at the Mausima Temple also known as Ardhasani Temple, dedicated to the aunt of Lord Jagannath. Here the three deities are offered ‘poda pitha’, a special sweet made of rice, coconut, lentils and jaggery.
The Bahuda Yatra ends by the evening or night, when the three chariots reach the Puri Jagannath Temple. The deities spent the night in the chariots, with the chariots being parked in front of the main temple.
On the next morning, i.e., Ashadi Ekadasi, the deities enter the temple and appear before general public in the Puri Jagannath Temple after the Adhara Pana and Suna Besha or Suna Vesha rituals.
Bahuda Rath Ratra 2018 Date :
In 2018, the Puri Jagannath Bahuda Rath Yatra will take place on Sunday, 22nd July 2018.