Rath wheels set to roll down Puri's Grand Road

PURI: Braving incessant rain, hundreds have descended at the temple town of Puri for the once a year Rath Yatra. The nine-day festival, which commences on Saturday, comes in the backdrop of a series of controversies surrounding the Jagannath Temple's functioning. But when the chariot festival begins, everything will be driven to the backburner because the sibling deities make their method through the crowds to the Gundicha Temple, believed to be their birthplace.
Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are scheduled to stay on the Gundicha Temple till July 21 and set out in opposition to the Jagannath Temple on Bahuda Yatra (go back adventure) on July 22.



Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra throughout the overall leg of preparation forward of Rath Yatra festival, in Puri


Festival to cost just about three.five crore

The deities will be decked in gold - the Suna Besha - on chariots to the Jagannath Temple on July 23. The curtains will come down at the Rath Yatra on July 25, with the entry of the sibling deities into the sanctum sanctorum, marking the Niladri Bije festival. More than Rs three.five crore has been spent for this year's Rath Yatra.

The three-km-long Grand Road, down which the 3 chariots will roll, amid the cheers of 1,000,000 people on Saturday, is already abound in spiritual fervour. The pulling of the chariots is scheduled to begin on Saturday between three.30 pm and four pm, following the ceremonial chherapahanra (sweeping of the chariot decks) by means of Puri king Dibyasingha Deb, referred to as 'the primary servitor of the deities'.




Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra throughout the overall leg of preparation forward of Rath Yatra festival


"Devotees are strictly prohibited from climbing the chariots. As per the June 8 order of the Supreme Court, we will not allow servitors to collect dakshina from devotees. We have installed donation boxes on the sides of the chariots to enable devotees to donate directly to the shrine," the temple chief administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra stated.



Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra throughout the overall leg of preparation forward of Rath Yatra festival, in Puri
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