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In Pics: Rath Yatra Of Lord Jagannath In Puri

The annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra began in Puri on Tuesday. Three traditionally decked up wooden chariots of the three deities were pulled to the Gundicha temple from the main Jagannath temple. The festival ends after nine days when the deities return home.

June 26, 2020

For the first time ever, the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings began in absence of devotees at Odisha's Puri on June 23.

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The annual festival is being celebrated after the Supreme Court's nod to organise it in a limited way without public attendance.

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Only the servitors, priests, police personnel and administrative officials were allowed to participate in the festival.

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Amid blowing of conches and beating of cymbals, the ceremonial procession of the deities known as "Pahandi" - carrying the deities on chariots out of the temple -- took place after the priests performed the "Mangala Aarti" early in the morning.

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The three deities were taken atop of the three traditionally decked up wooden chariots -- Nandighosa (for Jagannath), Taladhwaja (for Balabhadra) and Devadalana (for Subhadra).

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During the festival, the Gajapati King wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps all around the deities and chariots in the Chera Pahara ritual.

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The chariots were pulled to the Gundicha temple in Puri, which is around 3 km away from the main Jagannath temple. Rath Yatra is also termed as the Shri Gundicha yatra.

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All those involved in the Rath Yatra were tested for COVID prior to event. No more than 500 people including the servitors and police personnel were allowed to pull the chariots.

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Devotees stayed at home and watched the live telecast of the festival.

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The festival marks the annual journey of the three deities -- Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra -- from the 12th century Jagannath temple to the Gundicha temple

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The festival ends after nine days when the deities make their way back to the Jagannath temple.

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Following the Supreme Court direction, a partial curfew was imposed in Puri and all the entry points to the town were sealed since Monday night. No one was allowed to come to the grand road.

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