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Rukuna Rath Yatra at Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar in Odisha

One of the most important festivals at Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar in Odisha is the Rukuna Rath Yatra. It is the chariot procession of Hindu God Shiva. Rukuna Rath Yatra 2024 date is April 16. The annual festival is observed in Chaitra month.

The chariot used in Rukuna Rath Yatra at Lingaraj Temple is 35-feet high and has four wheels. The chariot carries bronze murtis of Chandrashekhar, Rukmini and Basudev.

Rukuna Rath is also called ‘analeuta’ chariot – this is because the chariot does not take any turn during the entire journey.

During the return journey too the chariot is not turned. The direction of altars of the gods is changed and the chariot is pulled from the backside.

Thousands of people visit the temple during the period. The journey is from the Lingaraj Temple to Ratha Maha Khala. The return journey is known as Swarnadri Bije yatra.

The chariot festival is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waxing phase of the moon. The day is observed as Ashoka Ashtami in Odisha.