Jagannath Temple-Rath Yatra- Chariot Festival


From the break of dawn, a massive procession of devotees gather at the Jagannath Temple. Large chariots carry idols of Balaram, Kirshna and their sister Subhadra through the narrow windy streets of old Ahmedabad. Afterwards the idols are bathed in the Savarmati River.  This festival is in memory of a journey Krishna made leaving his milkmaid friends behind.


Chief Minister Modi is present to join in the festival.


The temple elephants are bathed and painted to be ready to join in the procession.


The parade begins with prayers.


Musical bands, decorated elephants, gymnasts, acrobats and other colorful performers join in or lead the parade.



The idols are in their chariots being pulled to the river.

Devotees throng around a chariot bearing


Everyone is guarded by these magnificent elephants!

From the word Jagannath and this festival, the  Hindi word juggernaut became part of the English language to describe the huge powerful and overwhelming force needed to pull the chariots through the crowed streets.

Namaste. . . . . .This Is Incredible India

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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10 Responses to Jagannath Temple-Rath Yatra- Chariot Festival

  1. Page Shields says:

    Wonderful post. You are teaching me so much….I love it!


  2. Trapper Gale says:

    The painted elephants are amazing… as are the crowds!


  3. It is a sight to behold, isn’t it?


  4. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


  5. Nice read 😊 and lovely capture accentuate the post beautifully 😊


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