Bhubaneswar: The world-famous Rath Yatra was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety at Shrivani Khetra of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on Thursday.
More than 50 thousand devotees participated in the pulling the three decorated chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra.
The Pahandi and other rituals like Mangala Arati, Mailama, Tadapalagi, Rosha Homa, Abakasha, Surya Puja, Chariots inauguration followed by the procession of deities from temple sanctum to the chariots began in the morning as per the ethics and rituals of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagganath Temple of Puri.
Thousands of devotees gathered to pull the three colourful wooden chariots, festooned with flowers, appliqué and mural paintings in the afternoon after KIIT and KISS founder Achyuta Samanta performed the holy ritual of Chherapahanra, the ceremonial sweeping of the Chariots.
The special feature of Ghosayatra here is that Devadalan, the chariot of Goddess Subhadra, is pulled by only female devotees.
Many temporary stalls, food stalls and Mina Bazaar were set up on the occasion near the Gundicha temple. During this nine-day festival, bhajan samaroh will be organised every evening near Gundicha temple. Devotees from nearby localities come to Gundicha temple and offer darsan to the three Lords.