A huge Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India.
This annual festival is celebrated on Ashad Shukla Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Ashad month). In 2016 it falls on 6 July.
As part of Ratha Jatra, the deities of Lord Puri Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken out in a procession to Gundicha Temple and remain there for nine days. Then the deities or Ratha Jatra return to Puri Jagannath temple. The return journey of Puri Jagannath Ratha Jatra is known as Bahuda Jatra.
According to spiritual significance it talks about Human body as Rath and sarathi or driver as God, who drives the chariot of body to the yatra/journey to material existence or Bhava-sagar.
One should perform Puja of Lord Puri Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra on this day.
The benefits of a Jagannath Puja are manifold which include
· Divine protection
· Blessings of lord Krishna, Lord Balbhadra
· Peace and quick fulfillment of wishes