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Rash Yatra 2023 date – Importance Of Rash Mela In Bengal

Rash Yatra is dedicated to the divine love of Sri Krishna and Radha and is observed mainly in Bengal. A month long festival known as Rash Mela or Rash Utsav precedes the Rash Yatra day. Rash Yatra 2023 date is November 27.

Rash Yatra has a long tradition in Bengal and the festival is very famous in the Nabadwip, Cooch Behar and Sundarbans area in Bengal.

The final and most important day of the festival is marked by various processions – it is observed on the Purnima or full moon day in Kartik month and is also known as Rash Purnima.

This is essentially a Vaishnava festival but actively participated by various other communities. The divine union of Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Radha is immortalized on the occasion. Thousands of people from various parts of the state, country and world participate in the processions.

Today, especially at Nabadwip, the festival has changed its character. People worship various gods during the occasion including that of Krishna, Radha, Goddess Kali, Durga, Ganesha and Sai Baba. The festival here is also referred to as Pat Purnima, Rash Kali Puja and Shakta Rash.