Chandan Yatra

About Chandan Yatra

Chandan Yatra is a significant festival celebrated at ISKCON Bhubaneswar, marking the start of the summer season. During this festival, the deities are anointed with sandalwood paste to keep them cool and provide relief from the summer heat. The festival is characterized by beautiful decorations, melodious kirtans, and a serene atmosphere.

The history of Chandan Yatra dates back to ancient times and is deeply rooted in the Vaishnava tradition. It is believed that the festival was started by Lord Jagannath Himself. Devotees from all over gather to participate in the celebrations, which include various rituals, offerings, and cultural programs.


The application of sandalwood paste, or chandan, is not just a means to keep the deities cool, but it also has a deeper spiritual significance. It represents the devotees' love and devotion towards the Lord. The cool and soothing nature of sandalwood symbolizes peace, purity, and sanctity.

Chandan Yatra serves as a reminder for devotees to imbibe these qualities in their own lives. By participating in the festival, devotees seek the blessings of the Lord and strive to lead a life filled with devotion, purity, and peace.


The festival is marked by various ceremonies and events. The deities are decorated beautifully with flowers and ornaments. Devotees perform kirtans and bhajans, singing the glories of the Lord. Special prasadam is prepared and distributed to all the devotees. The atmosphere is filled with devotion and joy, as everyone participates in the celebrations.

The highlight of the festival is the procession, where the deities are taken out in a grand procession around the temple. Devotees throng the streets, chanting and dancing in ecstasy. It is a sight to behold and a spiritually uplifting experience for all.

Chandan Yatra Celebration