Devotees throng Pratapnagari to get glimpse of Jagannath ‘daru’

Cuttack: Despite of rain and heat a huge number of visitors are thronging Pratapnagari here in the city to get a glimpse of ‘daru’ or holy wood for making of new idol of Lord Jagannath, which was brought to the area in a wooden cart or ‘sagadi’ yesterday.

Devotees from far-off places are making a beeline to have a close view of the ‘daru’ and worship it.

Earlier, braving rain and thunderstorm, the devotees and Banajaga team pulled the sagadi up to Pratapnagari on the National Highway 5 that connects the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

Source said after a night’s halt at Pratapnagari, the sagadi of the Lord would leave for Puri via Bhubaneswar today in the evening.