The Indian state of Odisha is set to hold the famous Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri on the second day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashadh. As people speed up their preparations for the annual Yatra, traditional performers show up to show off their skills ahead of the Rath Yatra in Puri.
Cuttack-based smoke artist Deepak Biswal created a portrait depicting the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra for the annual Rath Yatra on Wednesday.
Smoke artist Deepal Biswal said, “It took me seven hours to complete all of the art.”
Another 19-year-old Puri-based artist, Saswat Ranjan Sahoo, created three miniature Holy Trinity floats with matches in front of Rath Yatra. Saswat created these sculptures using 4,830 matches. He took 18 days to complete the sculptures. The floats were decorated with parrots, horses and other carvings that are an integral part of Trinity floats.
One million people gather for Rath Yatra in Odisha
According to reports, about one million people are expected to gather for the festival in the temple city from across the country and some foreign countries, health service director Bijay Mohapatra said.
The feast of Lord Jagannath will this time see the participation of devotees after two years. In 2020 and 2021, only servants participated in rituals due to the pandemic.
“We are expecting a large congregation during the festival this year. Mask is compulsory in Puri during the festival. Health camps will be set up at the railway station, bus stand and Grand Road (Bada Danda) in Odisha,” Mohapatra said.
Huge security for July 1st Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad
As many as 25,000 security personnel will be deployed on the route of the next Lord Jagannath rath yatra in Ahmedabad, which thousands are likely to attend after a two-year hiatus without COVID-19 restrictions, it was announced on Wednesday officials.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will perform the Mangla Aarti at the temple on July 1 around 4 a.m. before the deity floats are deployed. Normally, thousands of people gather along the rath yatra route on ‘Ashadhi Beej’ day to catch a glimpse of the deities and the procession, which includes decorated elephants and several paintings.
Traditionally, the procession, driven by floats, starts around 7am on ‘Ashadhi Beej’ from the 400-year-old temple in the city’s Jamalpur district and returns at 8pm after passing through the old city, including certain sensitive community areas. .