Nation First News: One of the most-awaited festivals in Odisha as well as in India, Ratha Jatra, the annual Chariot festival of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra will begin on July 4 and end on July 12.
The ‘pahandi’ of deities or Gundicha Jatra will begin at 9 am on July 4 while the chhera pahanra rituals by Gajapati King will be conducted between 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm.
Similarly, Bahuda Jatra will be held on July 12 and the Sunabesha of trinity will be conducted on July 13. Niladri Bije of deities will be completed by 4.00 pm on July 15.
Rituals to be stopped after ‘Madhyana Dhupa’ (rituals during noon) on July 16 in view of Lunar Eclipse.
The Chief Administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Pradipta Mohapatra informed that the bids for the live telecast rights of the Ratha Jatra will be opened on Monday. In order to increase the revenue, the temple administration is mulling to auction the telecast rights this year.