The festival commemorates the annual visit of the presiding deity of the temple, Lord Jagan Nath, accompanied by his brother, Balabhadra and sister, Subhadra to their aunt, Gundicha Mata’s Temple and return via Mausi Maa Temple. They are taken in a huge procession. They remain in Gundicha temple for nine days.
The chariots, in which they travel a distance of two kilometres, are richly decorated. They are about 45 feet in height. The chariots are pulled by millions of worshipers who congregate from within the country and all over the world, along with the help of temple priests to the accompaniment of devotional songs ,trumpets drums and other instruments. There are innumerable crowds waiting to pull the chariots. It is considered very auspicious, even if one gets a chance to touch the chariot, or any other part of the chariot.
The Raths(chariots) are built afresh every year with a special type of wood!