Much before scheduled time, Rath pulling started in Puri around 12.20 pm in Puri. As such, Lord Balabhadra’s chariot Taladhwaja was first pulled by servitors.
Bhubaneswar, Jul 12: Much before scheduled time, Rath pulling started in Puri around 12.20 pm today. As such, Lord Balabhadra’s chariot Taladhwaja was pulled by servitors first.
By the time of filing of this story, the 43 ft Taladhwaja chariot, which has 14 wheels, was being pulled on the Bada Danda (Grand Road) by over a hundred of servitors. The Rath Yatra is being held without participation of devotees in view of Covidd19 pandemic.
Before beginning of Rath pulling, Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb conducted Chherapanhara (Sweeping of Rath floors) on the three Raths. Before him, Sankaracharya of Gobardhan Peetha, Nischalananda Saraswati, along with six of his disciples had offered prayers to the dieties by moving to their respective chariots.
As per practice, Devi Subhadra’s Rath Darpadalan will be pulled after Taladhwaja and, finally, Nandighosh of Lord Jagannath will move towards Shree Gundicha Temple.
Rath pulling was scheduled to begin at 3 pm.