Photographer's Note

This picture was taken at the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri. Puri is not only a famous beach resort at the bay of Bengal, also the famous 11th century Jagannath temple attracts thousands of Hindu pelgrims each year.

Ratha Yatra or the "Festival of Chariots", typically in the month of july, is the most splendid of the innumerable festivals celebrated round the year in the holy city of Puri. Three chariots for the deities Jagannath, his brother and sister Baladeva and Subhadra, are brought out of the temple, and placed in a chariot procession.

Usually the three deities are worshipped within the temple, but on this one day they are taken through the streets so that everyone can have the fortune of seeing them.This commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and their sister Subhadra to their aunt's temple which is situated at a distance of 2 kilometres from their temple. This is the only day when devotees who are not allowed in the temple premises such as non-Hindus and foreigners, can get their glimpse of the deities openly. The Rath carts themselves are some 50-60 feet high and are pulled by the thousands of pilgrims who turn up for the event.Millions of people congregate at Puri for this annual event from all over the country and abroad.

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