Jagannath Rath Yatra

Jun 30, 2014, 14:24 PM IST
Devotees and paramilitary forces pull chariots to set in front of the Lord Jagannath temple, on the eve of the annual Rath Yatra, or Chariot procession, at Puri, 65 kilometers (40 miles) away from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar.
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Devotees and paramilitary forces pull chariots to set in front of the Lord Jagannath temple, on the eve of the annual Rath Yatra, or Chariot procession, at Puri, 65 kilometers (40 miles) away from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar.

Hindu devotees with percussion instruments dance during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Kolkata.
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Hindu devotees with percussion instruments dance during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Kolkata.

A woman carries an idol of Lord Krishna during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Ahmedabad.
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A woman carries an idol of Lord Krishna during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Ahmedabad.

Devotees gather around the chariot of Lord Balabhadra during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.
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Devotees gather around the chariot of Lord Balabhadra during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.

Volunteers spray water on devotees to cool them during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.
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Volunteers spray water on devotees to cool them during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.

People stand near a design made of colored powder on the premises of the temple of Hindu god Jagannath during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.
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People stand near a design made of colored powder on the premises of the temple of Hindu god Jagannath during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.

Volunteers spray water on devotees during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.
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Volunteers spray water on devotees during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.

Devotees gather near chariots as they prepare to pull them during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.
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Devotees gather near chariots as they prepare to pull them during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.

Devotees throng around a chariot as they pull it during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.
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Devotees throng around a chariot as they pull it during the annual Hindu festival ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession in Puri, Orissa state.