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Rukuna Rath Yatra cancelled due to COVID-19

1/04/2020 at 8:21 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 1: The Lingaraj Temple administration has decided not to run Rukuna Rath of Lord Lingaraj today due the coronavirus outbreak.

The age-old Rukuna Rath Yatra is the biggest festival of the temple city.
The devotees of Lord Shiva belive pulling of the holy Rath destroys and eradicates all evil and sins.

On this auspicious day, the Utsav Vigraha (Chalanti Pratima) of Lingaraj, along with Gopalini (Parvati), Kumara and Nandikesvara including the image of Govinda are taken out in a Rath from the Lingaraj Temple to the Rameswar Temple.

The Rath is drawn by the devotees from the Lingaraj Temple to the Rameswar temple also called Mausi Maa and starts its return journey on the fifth day.

This year, a miniature replica of the Rukuna Rath was showcased in the Odisha tableau during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Another uniqueness associated with the Rukuna Rath Yatra is the auction of Marichi Kund water which is held at the Mukteswar temple. The belief that imbibing the water cures infertility if taken on the penultimate night of the Rath Yatra draws many hopefuls each year.

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