Rath Yatra 2022: Million devotees throng temple town of Puri to pull Lord Jagannath's chariot

Vibrant colours, enthusiastic faces, crowded shops, and cheery craftspeople are just a few of the highlights of Rath Yatra in

Updated on Jul 01, 2022 11:32 AM IST 6 Photos

Ratha Yatra, also known as the Chariot Celebration of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Balabhadra, is being observed today, July 1. It is the most prominent Hindu festival in the Puri city of Odisha. This festival takes place every year on the second day of the Shukla Paksha in the months of June or July. Around a million devotees from across the country thronged temple town of Puri on Friday to pull the three wooden chariots carrying Lord Jagannath and his siblings on the main thoroughfare.(HT Photo/Debabrata Mohanty)

The participation of devotees in the Rath Yatra has been allowed this time after a gap of two years following the Covid pandemic.(HT Photo/Debabrata Mohanty)

On Lord Jagannath RathYatra, Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb told news agency ANI, "Greatest festival of the Supreme Lord is Rath Yatra which happens every year. For the last two years, devotees' participation was barred due to the pandemic but is allowed this year...Expecting huge public participation today."(ANI)

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Odisha Police have made top-notch security arrangements keeping the expected crowd at the festival in mind.(PTI)

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