Chandan Yatra or Chandan Jatra, popularly known as Chandan Mahotsava, is one of the major festivals held at Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa. In 2016, Chandan Yatra date is May 9.
Chandan Yatra is celebrated on Akshaya Tritiya day during which the holy rituals for annual Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra are begun. Chandan Mahotsava is continued for 42 days that are divided in two terms – 21 days each.
During the first 21 days of Chandan Yatra Mahotsav, idols of Puri Jagannath temple along with Pancha Pandava Shivalingas are taken in a procession to the Narendra Tirtha tank through the Simhadwara of Jagannath temple. During the next 21 days of Chandan Yatra, rituals and pujas are held inside the temple.