One of the biggest congregations was the one organised by ISKCON

Jagannath temples across the city witnessed huge gatherings with chariots being towed by enthusiastic devotees on Wednesday.

One of the biggest congregations was noticed at Nayapalli where thousands of devotees turned up to see Car Festival organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). A major stretch of National Highway passing through the city was closed for vehicular movement in order to facilitate smooth pulling of chariot.

Traditional fervour was marked at Patia where dwellers took out a huge chariot on occasion of Car Festival. People from nearby localities joined Patia residents who recently revived the celebration of Rath Yatra.

“Patia Rath Yatra, though it looks smaller compared to other famous car festivals, is famous for its simplicity. The chariot covers around 300 metres distance. Residents of Patia make it a point to remain present during celebration,” said Dinabandhu Behera, a resident of Patia.

Similarly, Rath Yatra was celebrated at Chandrsekharpur Housing Board Colony with tribal migrant labourers from Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj pulling the chariot. By evening, the chariot had reached Gundicha Temple.

Devotees also congregated in large number and participated in pulling of chariots at Jagannath Temple of KIIT and on campus of Utkal University. Besides, the festival was celebrated in a smaller scale at different parts of the city.

Patia Rath Yatra, though it looks smaller compared to other famous car festivals, is famous for its simplicity. The chariot covers around 300 metres distance. Residents of Patia make it a point to remain present during celebration

Dinabandhu Behera

Resident of Patia