This spectacular chariot festival is held at the famous Jagannath Temple at Puri. Images of Lord Jagannath- the Lord of the Universe, his sister Subhadra and brother Balbhadra are taken out in procession in three immense chariots.
The main chariot is 14 meters high and 10 meters square with 16 wheels. Thousands of devotees pull these chariots to Gundicha Mandir, a temple 1.5 km away.The main attraction of the festival is the rathyatra that takes place on the second day, in which Shri Ram rath and Garuda rath moves through the Nashik city.
The Rathyatra starts at about 4.30 p.m. The Rathyatra is made up of 5 links, 1st is the bullock cart of Sanai / Choughada, followed by the Palkhi of Shri Ramachandra, Pujadhikari, Garudarath (the rath of Lord Hanuman) and finally the Ramrath (the rath of Lord Rama). The pujadhikari walks with the rath all the way it is moving by facing towards the rath with folded hands.
He maintains fasting, which starts from day one of the Chaitra to the Rathyatra. Both the raths are pulled by the rath sevakas with using heavy rope. Nashik is well linked by road, air and train with rest of India. Hotels are available in Nashik.