Somatirtha Purohit

On the last day of Rath Yatra or Bahuda yatra, the mighty chariot of Lord Baladevjew stuck near Bhagwat tungi in Kendrapara. 

The pulling of the chariot was extended for another day as the restoration work was over in the evening.

As per reports, the Brahma Taladhwaja Rath which is supposed to be pulled from Mausima temple, lost its control after moving 100 metres and rammed into a makeshift shop.

After getting information, a team of railway officials from Paradip reached the spot and restored the chariot. 

The Bahuda Yatra was paused for the day as it was already  evening and it will commence tomorrow at 11 am.

Meanwhile, thousands of devotees were left disappointed as they failed to get an opportunity to pull the chariot due to the mishap.

It is pertinent to mention here that a similar incident had happened during the Rath Yatra. 

During the day, the chariot hit a light post along the roadside due to faulty driving by the charioteer. 

However, the servitors alleged that the accident happened due to neglect by the district administration. 

The chariot could only be pulled to a distance of 100 metres as it met with the unfortunate accident due to alleged faulty management.

Notably, in Kendrapara town, which is known as Tulasi Khetra, the 64-feet-high ‘Brahma Taladhwaja Ratha’ of Lord Baladevjew was pulled for some distance on Friday and parked near Raghunathjew mutt. 

This year, devotees have been allowed to take part in the annual sojourn of the deities after Covid hiatus of two years.