Vikash Sharma

Like every year, lakhs of devotees had one chant on their lips—Jai Jagannath as they danced and dipped in spirituality on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra in Puri.

Devotion is now in the air and the entire stretch of Bada Danda is agog with hopes and aspiration that unites devotees with the Lord Jagannath and his siblings- Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. Since early morning, the rituals associated with the annual sojourn of the Lord began at Puri Srimandir.

Devotees waited in bated breath as the three deities- Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra will be taken out in the ceremonial pahandi by the servitors one after another. It is a grand spectacle that is a combination of the devotion of faith as the deities are escorted to their respective chariots for their annual journey to Gundicha temple.

Braving the heat and humid conditions, a sea of devotees congregated on the Bada Danda to have a glimpse of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Balabhadra on their respective chariots.

It is the string of faith that connects devotees with the Lord of the Universe as it is the special occasion when Mahaprabhu steps out of his abode to give darshan to millions of devotees.

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