Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath organised with conventional fervour in Visakhapatnam

The annual Rath Yatra of Sri Jagannatha Swamy was celebrated in a grand method by ISKCON-Visakhapatnam right here on Friday.

The chariots, carrying the deities Lord Jagannath together with Balabhadra and Subhadra, began their journey from the Central Park, reverse the Visakha Authorities Ladies’s Faculty, amidst the chanting of Vedic hymns by the clergymen.

Devotees performing ‘Kolatam’, while participating in the rath yatra organised by ISKCON in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

Devotees performing ‘Kolatam’, whereas taking part within the rath yatra organised by ISKCON in Visakhapatnam on Friday.
| Photograph Credit score: Ok.R. DEEPAK

The highway earlier than the chariot was swept with a golden broom. Coconuts have been damaged and particular Arati was supplied to the deities to mark the graduation of the chariot procession.

Earlier, scores of devotees participated within the celebrations and supplied prayers to the deities earlier than the beginning of the Rath Yatra. Many devotees took photos of the celebrations on their cell phones. Nadaswaram and Kolatam teams carried out earlier than the chariots.

The Rath Yatra highway was embellished with rangoli by devotees from Pune. Many devotees got here from numerous ISKCON temples from throughout the globe to carry out cultural actions in the course of the procession. Overseas devotees from Brazil and America sang particular kirtans.

ISKCON Vizag president Samba Das Prabhuji and Nitai Sevini Mataji presided.

Minister for Industries and IT Gudivada Amarnath, former Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, Mayor G. Hari Venkata Kumari, MLA s Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu and Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar, MLC s Varudhu Kalyani and Vamsikrishna Srinivas have been current.

‘Pulihora’ and dry kaju prasadam have been distributed to devotees all alongside the best way. The yatra reached Gurajada Kalakshetram, the place the idols of deities have been stored at a specifically embellished ‘mandir’.

Samba Das Prabhuji and Nitai Sevini mataji gave a discourse on Lord Jagannath. Soulful kirtans have been rendered by devotees. Naivedya was supplied to Lord Jagannath and the prasadam was distributed to devotees. The occasion ended with serving of dinner prasadam to round 6,000 devotees.

Utkal Samaj: Rath Yatra was celebrated with custom fervour and gaiety by members of Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj at Dasapalla Hills on Friday.

The idols of the deities have been taken in a vibrant chariot from the principle temple at Dasapalla Hills to the Gundicha Ghar at Lawson’s Bay Colony by way of the VMRDA Youngsters’s Enviornment, AU, China Waltair and Shanti Ashram.

Divisional Railway Supervisor Anup Satpathy and ADRM Manoj Kumar Sahoo together with president of the Samaj JK Nayak, secretary Bimal Mahanta, members Bijay Mahapatra and RP Sahu participated within the ‘Pahandi Bije’ ritual.

After the standard ‘Chhera Pahnara’ (cleansing of the chariot) by Lal Sahab Pramod Deo Bhanja of the erstwhile Daspalla royalty, the chariot was drawn by devotees amidst kirtans, music and chanting of ‘Hari bol’.

The ‘Ghanta troupe’ from Brahmapur, Odisha, performed the cymbals.

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