Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 29:
Thousands of devotees took part in the pulling of the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra Rath Yatra at Shri Vani Kshetra at KISS- Odisha’s famous residential school for tribal children – today amid religious fervor and gaiety.
Festooned with flowers, appliqué and mural paintings, the three wooden chariots were the biggest attraction.
The Pahandi and other rituals like Mangala Arati, Mailama,Tadapalagi, Rosha Homa, Abakasha, Surya Puja etc were performed in the morning as per the rites and rituals of the Shri Jagganath Temple of Shri Khetra, Puri. This was followed by the Pahandi Bije or procession of the deities from temple sanctum to the chariots
Thousands of devotees gathered to pull the three chariots in the afternoon after Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS performed the holy ritual of Chhera Pahanra, the ceremonial sweeping of the platforms of the chariots.
The special feature of Ghosha Yatra here is that, Devadalan, the chariot of Goddess Subhadra is pulled only by women.