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Photo feature Ratha Yatra 2016 : By Biswaranjan Mishra

Photo feature  : By Biswaranjan Mishra

Puri,6th July 2016: Rath yatra puri Eight lakh Devotees Participated In The Wednesday Rath  Yatra Of the Lord Jagannath . July.6:-Over eight lakh devotees participated in the Wednesday Rath Yatra of the lord Jagannath and his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra.Grand festival of chariots began with traditional fervor on the Wednesday. The holy Trinity were on a nine day sojourn to their aunts house sri Gundicha temple riding three huge rathas  along the three kms long Badadanda.  Though all the nitees were performed as per the time fixed by the temple administration the there was inordinate delay in pulling of the  rathas. While the pulling time was fixed for 3.30 pm it actually began by 4.35. As a result no ratha was able to reach its destination
Gundicha temple. By the time pulling was stopped thre rathas were on the way. While the Balabadra rath was at Mausima temple Subhadra rath was near Bagala Dharmshalla and Jagannath rath Nandighosh was near the palace of the Puri king. The pulling would resume on the Thursday. Ramchandra Dasmahapatra a senior Daitapati said it happened after a  decade that no rath reached destination even though the nitees were  completed on time. Earlier on the Tuesday night Daita servitors worked late in the night  to prepare the deities for the journey by performing “  Chhenapattalaagi”  (fixing a body armour to the body of the deities so that they could bear the stress during the pahandi. Pahandi began by  9.15 am and was completed by about 2pm.  Devotees waiting to witness Pahandi jostled among them selves to have  glimpse of the pahandi. Deities came out of the temple one after another with lord Balabhadra  first followed by sister Subhadra and in the end came lord of the   universe Jagannath. Giant floral tiaras formed head gears of the  deities. Typical swinging of the tiaras to the tune of cymbals,  mrudangas, drums, bugles and blowing of conch, besides artists dancing Odissi and display of martial arts and Banati was spectacular to look. As soon as deities came out of the temple main gate “Simhadwar  “Haribol, Jai Jagannath and religious hymns rented the cloudy air. The  servitors installed  deities in their respective rathas. Sankaracharya of Puri Gobardhan peeth swamy Neeschaanda Saraswati went  upto the rathas and offered prayers. Gajapati Dibyasingh Dev came in a  colourful palanquin from his palace and performed “chherapahanra”  (sweeping of the rathas with a gold broom) on three rathas which was  over by 4.20 pm.The servitors then dismantled the ladders and fixed the wooden horses  to the rathas. At 4.35 pm Taldhwaja rath of lord Balabhadra was rolled  out followed by Darpadalan of Subhadra at 5.20 pm and Nandighosh of  Lord Jagannath was pulled at 5.40 pm.  Sky is thick overcast and with a high humidity scores of devotees fell  unconscious and were being treated in health care facilities. By the  time of pulling of Nandighosh of lord Jagannath it rained. One Manoj Pattnaik 50 of Puri ram mandir area was found lying dead on the  Badadanda. He was taken to DHH. Police registered a ud case and sent  the body for post mortem.  An elaborate security arrangement was made to ensure safe and smooth  conduct of the fete. DGP KB Singh is supervising the security while  top officers were manning various sectors of security zones.  Chief minister Naveen Patnaik,  state governor S C Jameer, chief  justice of the state high court Vineet  Saran and supreme court  justice Amitav Roy besides a number of justices of neighbouring states  were present besides ministers Arun Sahu, Pradip Maharathy, Pranab Prakash Das, Sanjay Dasburma, local parliament member Pinaki Mishra and local legislator Maheswar Mohanty.

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Long await Lord Jagannath arrived dhadi pahandi at badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Long await Lord Jagannath arrived dhadi pahandi at badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Ghantua a special group of servitors perform Ghanta percussion during dhadhi pahandi at Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Ghantua a special group of servitors perform Ghanta percussion during dhadhi pahandi at Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Millions of devotees showing their devotion by raising their hands on the first sight of lord jagannath during Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Millions of devotees showing their devotion by raising their hands on the first sight of lord jagannath during Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee are waiting pahandi lord jagannath balabhadra and devi subhadra on Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee are waiting pahandi lord jagannath balabhadra and devi subhadra on Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee are waiting pahandi lord jagannath balabhadra and devi subhadra on Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee are waiting pahandi lord jagannath balabhadra and devi subhadra on Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Millions of devotees showing their devotion by raising their hands on the first sight of lord jagannath during Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Millions of devotees showing their devotion by raising their hands on the first sight of lord jagannath during Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee from brundavan performing before a chariot at Purii during the Rathayatra festival on Wednesday

Devotee from brundavan performing before a chariot at Purii during the Rathayatra festival on Wednesday

Traditional dancers in different costumes perform during dhadhi pahandi infront of the chariots at Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Traditional dancers in different costumes perform during dhadhi pahandi infront of the chariots at Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

The king of puri Dibyasingha Deb coming from his palace to perform the chera pahara ritual the chariot in Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

The king of puri Dibyasingha Deb coming from his palace to perform the chera pahara ritual the chariot in Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

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Gajapati Maharaj goimg for Chera Pahara

The crowd losing control to get a glimpse of the deities and police personal are doing the best control them in Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

The crowd losing control to get a glimpse of the deities and police personal are doing the best control them in Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of Devi Subhadra Darpadalana car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of Devi Subhadra Darpadalana car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of Devi Subhadra Darpadalana car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of Devi Subhadra Darpadalana car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of Devi Subhadra Darpadalana car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of Devi Subhadra Darpadalana car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of LORD BALABHADRA TALADWAJA car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of LORD BALABHADRA TALADWAJA car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of LORD BALABHADRA TALADHWAJA car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of LORD BALABHADRA TALADHWAJA car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of Devi Subhadra Darpadalana car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Devotee poling chariots of Devi Subhadra Darpadalana car from Badadanda Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Three chariots of Lord Jagannath , lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are getting readied to be pulled from Badadanda to in front of Shree Jagannath Temple on Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Three chariots of Lord Jagannath , lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are getting readied to be pulled from Badadanda to in front of Shree Jagannath Temple on Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Traditional dancers in different costumes perform during dhadhi pahandi infront of the chariots at Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

Traditional dancers in different costumes perform during dhadhi pahandi infront of the chariots at Ratahyatra festival in puri on Wednesday

 

All photographs by Photo Journalist : Biswaranjan Mishra 

 

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