The annual jatra of the St. Paul Methodist Church was celebrated here on Saturday.

A colourful procession was taken out on Friday night by believers, who carried images of Jesus Christ. Church committees from each village in the district brought their flags and marched along.

They started walking from the District Police Office Circle to Mangalpet.

Competition

Bhajan mandalis from Bidar and the surrounding villages sang religious songs, accompanied by youths from mandalis from across the State and outside it.

They also participated in a singing competition held in front of the church which went on till late on Saturday evening.

A sunrise service will be held at the prayer cave at Habsikot, 10.30 a.m. on Sunday. Prayers will be led by Rev. A. Simeon. The tradition of the annual jatra began in 1927, according to church committee secretary Jaikar Rathnappa.

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