Over 1500 devotees
participated in the annual Rath Yatra celebrations organized
by the BAPS Mandir in Kolkata. This year the procession also
highlighted the BAPS Centenary Year.
The colorful procession featured decorative chariots bearing
the murtis of Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj, Lord Jagannathji and
others; devotees from Orissa singing bhajans in their traditional
style; BAPS youths of the Pramukh Dhvani Band playing traditional
tunes; traditionally dressed women devotees carrying auspicious
kalashes on their heads; and many other eye-catching items.
The Rath Yatra commenced with the customary Vedic rituals and
then the invited dignitaries joined the BAPS sadhus in pulling
the main chariot in traditional fashion.
From 3.30 pm to 7.00 pm the spectacular procession passed through
the streets of Kolkata, and was joyously and devoutly received
by many thousands of well-wishers.