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Rath Yatra at Baripada – Unique Jagannath Rath Yatra in Odisha - Only Women Pull Chariot Of Subhadra

Jagannath Rath Yatra at Baripada in Mayurbhanj District in Odisha is unique for number of reasons. First on the actual Rath Yatra day only the chariot of Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled. Lord Jagannath sits on the chariot for two days.

Here are some interesting facts:

  • The three chariots are pulled from Hari Baladev Jew Temple in Baripada.
  • The chariot of Devi Subhadra is only pulled by women devotees.
  • The chariot of Jagannath sits in front of the temple on the first day. It is usually pulled on the next day.
  • All three chariots are pulled to the Mausima Temple (Gundicha) through the Bada Danda (Grand Road)
  • Rath Yatra at Baripada is the second largest in Orissa.
  • It is observed for nearly 13 days at Baripada – in Puri it is only for 8 days.
  • There are two Jagannath temples in the town. While the bigger one organizes the Ratha Yatra festival with three chariots, the other temple is referred to as Banthia Jagannath (dwarf god) where the deities are smaller and only one car is used in the festival to take the trinity to Gundicha temple.