Bhubaneswar: Thousands of devotees have thronged the Lingaraj temple to pull the Rukuna Rath to mark Ashokashtami.
The pulling of the chariot will begin at 4 pm today. Elaborate arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of the chariot pulling.
As per the ritual, the bronze images of three deities, Chandrasekhar (the representative of lord Lingaraj), Rukmini and Basudeva, from the Lingaraj Temple will be brought out from the temple and placed on the 35-feet high majestically decorated chariot parked outside the shrine amid loud blowing of conchs and chanting of hymns. T
Meanwhile, special rituals have been observed at the shrine. The day has started with ‘Mangala Arati’ and is followed by Sahan Mela darshan.
Every year, the four-wheeled 35-ft chariot is pulled from this 11th-century shrine to Mausima Temple, with tight security arrangements in place.