Every year as the monsoon season arrives thousands of devotees start their religious journey from all over the country – small villages, mid-sized towns and the urban centres – to the town of Puri in Odisha. The air is thick with devotional frenzy and the excitement is palpable as it’s time for the grand festival – the annual celebration of the Rath Yatra. This year it is starting from 4th July (Thursday).
This festival is dedicated to the Jagannath triad: brothers Jagannath (Krishna) and Balabhadra (Balarama), and sister Subhadra. Immense chariots containing Lord Jagannath, Balbhadra and Subhadra are hauled from Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Mandir, their holiday home.
It is difficult to fathom the magnitude of the festival as millions congregate to catch a glimpse of the deities as they come out for their yearly ride. Puri Rath Yatra attracts more than one million pilgrims every year and to photograph this major festival, is thrilling. Catch a glimpse of the festival in colourful pictures.
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