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Annual Jagannatha Rath Yatra held without devotees

Jagannatha Rath Yatra in progress in Puri on July 12, 2021. Photo: @JagannathaDhaam

Puri (Odisha), July 12 (MNN) The annual Jagannatha Yatra was held here on Monday amid heavy security arrangements, but for the second consecutive year without devotees due to coronavirus pandemic.

“Gajapati Maharaja of Puri performs ‘Chherapahanra’ ritual. The king arrives in a ‘Tamjan’ (also called Mehena – a one man palanquin with a hood) in a procession and conducts the ritual with utmost dedication,” the temple management said.

The pulling of the chariot was held in the afternoon after Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb performed the rituals, following which deities and Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra adorned their respective chariots.

The servitors pulled the ‘raths’ or juggenauts ‘Nandighosa’, ‘Taladhwaja’ and ‘Darpadalana’, — which are otherwise customarily pulled by thousands of devotees in the presence of lakhs of others.

The chariots rolled down along the Grand Road from Sri Jagannatha temple to Shri Gundicha Temple.

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