Bhubaneswar: The world famous auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra was celebrated at Shrivani khetra of KISS yesterday amid religious fervor and gaiety. More than 30 thousand devotees participated in pulling the three decorated chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra being carried on three colourful wooden chariots, festooned with flowers, appliqué and mural paintings.
The Pahandi and other rituals like Mangala Arati, Mailama,Tadapalagi, Rosha Homa, Abakasha, Surya Puja, Chariots inauguration etc followed by 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 chariots in the afternoon after Kamalakant Rout, temple Administrator performed the holy ritual of Chherapahanra, the ceremonial sweeping of the Chariots. This year Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT Temple didn’t participate in any rituals of Temple as his mother demised last year. The special feature of Ghosayatra here is that, Devadalan, the chariot of Goddess Subhadra was pulled by only females.
It seems a colourful atmosphere due to many temporary stalls, food stalls, minabazar etc. near the Gundicha temple. During this nine-day festival there will be bhajan samaroh in every evening near Gundicha temple. Devotees from nearby localities come to Gundicha temple and offer darsan to three Lords.