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Rath Yatra celebrations toned-down

The celebrations came after unknown miscreants fired two rounds at the Rath Yatra chariot on Friday. Following the incident, fewer devotees showed up in the procession.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 8 Jul 2024, 6:05 pm

(PHOTO: IFP)
(PHOTO: IFP)

The Rath Yatra of Shree Shree Govindaji Temple Board was celebrated in a low-key manner under tight security at Govindajee Temple, Palace Compound on Monday, followed by a short procession of the chariot.

The celebrations came after unknown miscreants fired two rounds at the Rath Yatra chariot on Friday. Following the incident, fewer devotees showed up in the procession.

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As per the ritual of the ceremony, fruits, flowers, and other offerings were presented to the three Lords-Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra at Govindaji Temple by the priest. Later, the devotees took the three Lords out for the procession on the Rath (chariot) which was drawn by a minimal number of devotees along Palace Gate road.

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As a tradition, the chariot was drawn from its starting point to the Palace gate. This time, it took a U-turn from the AIR gate, which is around 50 meters from the starting position. Despite the low turnout, the priest and the traditional orchestra with pung cholom and cymbals performed as usual.

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The Rath Yatra was led by a Manipur Rifles music band. Locals and non-locals participated in the procession.

A similar celebration was also seen at the ISKCON Temple, Sangaiprou, Imphal. The celebration at ISKCON Mani Mandir was toned-down, with the Rath remaining inside the campus and not being drawn outside. No other small 'Kang' (Rath Yatra) processions were seen in the streets as before, with the rituals being celebrated only at respective local temples.

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