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Rath Yatra celebrated in Itanagar

From a Correspondent

Along with the rest of the devotees of Lord Jagannath in India and abroad, the Bishnupriya Manipuri community residing in Itanagar has celebrated the famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath with religious fervor at Gohpur Tinali, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh on July 18 last.

Around 150 devotees from Kimin, Doimukh, Naharlagun and Itanagar thronged the festival venue with great enthusiasm and offered puja to the Lord Jagannath. Jugal Arati and Jagannath Arati performed by the devotees reverberated through the hillock that surrounded the festival venue. The most important and much awaited part of the festival was the kechurir pali organized by Haridas Sinha and Sudhir Sinha on behalf of the community. The joy of women folk knew no bound when they took part in the devotional song and dance performance of ‘Jaydev.’ The prasad – kechuri along with delicious cuisine “ushair khar” (made with bamboo shoots) was talk of every household after the celebration. However, rath yatra was symbolic as the chariot could not be erected due to some unavoidable circumstances in the hilly town.

On the concluding day of Rath Yatra on July 21, Bishnupriya Manipuri of the Naharlagun, organised Kechuri Pali and Rath Yatra at the residential premises of Amal Sinha, Polo Colony, Naharlagun. Around 200 people from various parts of the state capital gathered at the celebration. Jaydev and devotional aratis were performed with much enthusiasm during the celebration.

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