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Rath-Yatra-Mahotsav 2009


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Rath-Yatra-Mahotsav 2009


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The Odisha Community Japan  organized the 2009 Rath Jatra on 27th June at Misato Danchi, Saitama following the successful launch last year. OCJ members, volunteers, Japanese friends worked hard to accomplish this year's celebrations on a grand scale - thanks to generous sponsorship and kind support from several organizations. We request all our guests to join us in this celebration that unites our tradition with Japanese culture.


Some pictures of the 2008 Rath Jatra celebration.

Some videos of 2008 Rath Jatra celebration.

Like last year, the 3-meter tall chariot is pulled over a stretch of 2 kilometer public road and the event is covered  NHK, Asahi and other local media. The chariot procession is followed by a cultural event and stage performances to be presided by the Indian Ambassador and the Misato City Mayor.

2009 Rath Jatra Venue: Misato Danchi Central Mall, Misato-city, Saitama
(Nearest station is Shin-Misato on JR Mushashino line)

Program: 27 June 2009 (Saturday)

13:00 :  Assemble at Misato Danchi Central Mall
13:30 :  Rituals and Pahandi
14:00 :  Ratha Pulling - Procession
16:00 :  Return to Danchi Central Mall and Taiko (Japanese Drum) Performance
16:25 :  Arati and Inaugural Dance
16:45 :  Speech of Dignitaries
17:15 :  Stage Performances (Odishi dance, Odisha folk dances, recitations.......)
18:30 :  Free Dinner

Location Map and Procession Route (click map to enlarge):
Ratha Yatra Map 
The Rath Jatra is a famous festival in India celebrated in the coastal city of Puri in Odisha province. This is an occasion in which the famous god Jagannath together with his brother and sister are taken in chariots to meet common people on the street. This is a kind of thanks giving celebration resembling Kanda festival in Tokyo, Gion festival in Kyoto and several such matsuris throughout Japan. We hope our kanda-matsuri.jpgefforts will help to appreciate common cultural practices and to strengthen the Japan-India friendship.