Rath Yatra: Jagannath's journey

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Devotees raise their hands to catch offerings during the annual chariot procession of Hindu god Lord Jagannath in Ahmadabad. AP/ Solanki

Devotees raise their hands to catch offerings during the annual chariot procession of Hindu god Lord Jagannath in Ahmadabad. AP/ Solanki

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According to mythology, the Ratha Yatra dates back some 5,000 years when Hindu god Krishna, along with his older brother Balaram and sister Subhadra, were pulled on a chariot from Kurukshetra to Vrindavana by Krishna's devotees. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM

According to mythology, the Ratha Yatra dates back some 5,000 years when Hindu god Krishna, along with his older brother Balaram and sister Subhadra, were pulled on a chariot from Kurukshetra to Vrindavana by Krishna's devotees. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM

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Devotees throng streets in Ahmedabad . PTI

Devotees throng streets in Ahmedabad . PTI

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During the festival the idols of Hindu god Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra are taken out in a grand procession in specially made chariots pulled by thousands of devotees. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

During the festival the idols of Hindu god Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra are taken out in a grand procession in specially made chariots pulled by thousands of devotees. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

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Three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the annual "Rath Yatra" in Puri on Wednesday.PTI Photo

Three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the annual "Rath Yatra" in Puri on Wednesday.PTI Photo

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Preparations for rath Yatra to commence in Hyderabad. PTI

Preparations for rath Yatra to commence in Hyderabad. PTI

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Indian devotees of The International Society of Krishna Conciousness (ISKON) participate in a ritual or 'puja' at the start of the Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra in Hyderabad on July 10, 2013. PTI

Indian devotees of The International Society of Krishna Conciousness (ISKON) participate in a ritual or 'puja' at the start of the Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra in Hyderabad on July 10, 2013. PTI

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Devotees celebrate on the occasion of annual 136th Rath Yatra in Ahmadabad. PTI

Devotees celebrate on the occasion of annual 136th Rath Yatra in Ahmadabad. PTI

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A devotee with colourful illusrations on his his back with an image during the 136th annual Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad. PTI Photo

A devotee with colourful illusrations on his his back with an image during the 136th annual Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad. PTI Photo

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Devotees pulling chariot in Ahmedabad. PTI Photo

Devotees pulling chariot in Ahmedabad. PTI Photo

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Shree Jagannath temple's Dibya Singh Deo arrives to perform rituals for the annual rath yatra or chariot procession in Puri, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bhubaneswar. (AP Photo)

Shree Jagannath temple's Dibya Singh Deo arrives to perform rituals for the annual rath yatra or chariot procession in Puri, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bhubaneswar. (AP Photo)

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Devotees throng around the chariot of Lord Jagannath during the annual rath yatra or chariot procession in Puri, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bhubaneswar. (AP Photo)

Devotees throng around the chariot of Lord Jagannath during the annual rath yatra or chariot procession in Puri, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bhubaneswar. (AP Photo)

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Traditional dancers of the Shree Jagannath temple dance during the annual rath yatra or chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Puri, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bhubaneswar. (AP Photo)

Traditional dancers of the Shree Jagannath temple dance during the annual rath yatra or chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Puri, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bhubaneswar. (AP Photo)

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Hindu devotees carry the idol of Lord Jagannath for the rath yatra or chariot procession in Puri, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bhubaneswar. (AP Photo)

Hindu devotees carry the idol of Lord Jagannath for the rath yatra or chariot procession in Puri, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bhubaneswar. (AP Photo)

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Three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the annual rath yatra in Puri. (PTI Photo)

Three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the annual rath yatra in Puri. (PTI Photo)

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Tollywood actress Koyal Mullick standing in front of a chariot during rath yatra in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Tollywood actress Koyal Mullick standing in front of a chariot during rath yatra in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)

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Devotees pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the traditional Jagannath Rath Yatra in New Delhi. (Shubham Gupta/HT)

Devotees pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the traditional Jagannath Rath Yatra in New Delhi. (Shubham Gupta/HT)

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