Odishatv Bureau

Baripada/Kendrapara: At a time when lakhs of devotees are awaiting to witness the Suna Besha of the Holy Trinity in Puri, residents of Baripada and Kendrapara have congregated in the respective districts for the Bahuda Yatra of the sibling deities scheduled today.

Residents of Baripada and nearby areas are all set to witness the return journey of the Trinity as the chariots of Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra will be pulled towards Jagannath temple in Baripada this evening.

As per schedule, the chariot of Lord Balabhadra will be tugged tomorrow. It may be noted that Rath Yatra and Bahuda Yatra in Baripada are two-day affairs and conducted a day after the chariot pulling at Puri.

The sibling deities along with Lord Sudarshan were escorted to their respective chariots in ceremonial ‘Goti Pahandi’ yesterday night, sources said.

After ‘Chhera Panhara’ and other rituals are conducted, the Nandighosa and Debadalana chariots would be pulled from the Gundicha temple for homecoming.

Meanwhile, lakhs of devotees from Mayurbhanj district and outside have thronged the town to participate in the extravaganza.

Similarly, the 65-feet long chariot of Lord Baldevjew at Kendrapara Town, popularly known as Tulasi Khetra will also be pulled today evening. A huge number of people converged in the town to witness the ritualistic Pahandi of the deities that were conducted yesterday night.

Adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure hassle-free Bahuda Yatra in the town.