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Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019: Glimpses of the chariot festival

Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019: Glimpses of the chariot festival

Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019: Glimpses of the chariot festival
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By PTI Jul 5, 2019 7:25:40 AM IST (Updated)

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Lakhs of devotees participated in the annual Rath Yatra festival of Lord Jagannath held on Thursday amidst tight security in the temple town of Puri.The festival was held two months after Cyclone Fani barrelled through the temple town, where it wreaked large-scale devastation and claimed 64 lives in Odisha. The servitors carried the idols of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Sudarshan out of the 12th-century shrine in a ceremonial procession.The idols were brought down from the "Ratna Sinhasana", taken down 22 steps known as "Baisi Pahacha" and through Lion's Gate in an elaborate ritual called "Pahandi".

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Devotees pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath during the 'Rath Yatra', in New Delhi, Thursday, July 4, 2019. The yatra is taken out every year on Ashadhi Bij, the second day of Ashad month, as per the Hindu calendar. (PTI Photo)
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Devotees pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath during 'Rath Yatra' outside Shri Jagdish Temple, in Udaipur, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_4_2019_000216B)

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Devotees pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath during 'Rath Yatra', in Agra, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_4_2019_000228B)

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Devotees pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath during the 'Rath Yatra', in Jaipur, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_4_2019_000230B)

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Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb and his wife Niti Deb inaugurate Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra from ISKCON temple, in Agartala, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_4_2019_000234B)

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Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik watch the annual 'Rath Yatra' of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, in Puri, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_4_2019_000235B)

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