Puri: Lakhs of devotees from across the country abroad descended on the pilgrim town on Friday to witness Bahuda Yatra, the return car festival of Lord Jagannath and His siblings. Chariots started rolling towards Shree Mandir at 1.10 pm, three hours ahead of schedule.
Bahuda Yatra is the journey of the three chariots of the deities – Lord Jagannath and His siblings – elder brother Lord Balabhadra and their sister Goddess Subhadra to Shree Jagannath Temple from Shree Gundicha Temple after completion of the deities’ nine-day sojourn.
The return journey of the deities followed the same rituals as performed during the Rath Yatra on July 4.
On the return journey, the deities were taken to three decked up chariots in ‘Pahandi’ (ceremonial procession) by Daitapati servitors from the Gundicha temple.
Devotees started pulling the Taladhwaj chariot of Lord Balabhadra first at 1.10 pm after Puri Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb solemnised ‘Chhera Pahanra’ (sweeping of chariots).
Later, the colourfully decorated chariots of Goddess Subhadra (Darpadalan) and Lord Jagannath (Nandighosh) were pulled by the devotees on the 2.5 km Bada Danda (Grand Road), respectively.
The deities will remain in their respective chariots parked at Lion’s Gate in front of the Jagannath temple. On Saturday, there will be Sunabessha, golden attire of the deities, on the chariots itself followed by Adharpana Niti on Sunday and Niladri Bije on Monday.