Hera Panchami festival is one of the main rituals observed during Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra in Gundicha Temple, Orissa. In 2016, Hera Panchami date is July 9. In 2016, Jagannath Rath Yatra has begun on July 6.
It is celebrated on Ashada Shukla Panchami, fifth day in bright fortnight of Ashad month in Oriya calendar.
Hera Panchami festival is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi who appears anxious because her husband (Jagannath) forgets to take her. When Lord Jagannath returns from his journey he forgets to take her along with him. Goddess Lakshmi enters the Gundicha Temple through Badadanda and returns secretly from the ‘Heragohri Sahi’ after breaking a small piece of Nandigosha Ratha. It is all to teach a lesson to her beloved husband.
Lord Jagannath is stopped at Kalahata Dwara on his return journey to his sanctum. There he convinces his beloved wife and on their reunion Rasagollas are offered as Prasada.
In 2015, Hera Panchami date is July 22. In 2015, Jagannath Rath Yatra starts on June 18.
In 2014, Hera Panchami date was July 2. In 2014, Jagannath Rath Yatra starts on June 29.
Hera Panchami 2013 date was July 14. In 2013, Jagannath Rath Yatra started on July 10.
Hera Panchami 2012 date was June 24. In 2012, Jagannath Rath Yatra was on June 21.