Nation First News: The nine-day annual festival Ratha Jatra (car festival) will begin tomorrow.
A day before Ratha Jatra, the chariots of Holy Trinity Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra was pulled from Ratha Khala and parked in front of Singhadwara today after ‘Agyan Mala’ ritual conducted by Pujapanda servitors of Puri Srimandir.
Lord Jagannath’s Nandighosa chariot was firstly pulled to the Singha Dwara followed by Devi Subhadra’s Devadalan and Lord Balabhadra’s Taladhwaja.
It is expected that lakhs of devotees would congregate in the pilgrim town to witness the world famous chariot festival tomorrow.
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, the chariot pulling will begin at 4:00 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.
Tight security arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth conduct of Ratha Jatra in Puri.