After a 2-year hiatus, Bengal celebrates Rath Yatra in all glory

Thousands of people took to the streets in different places in West Bengal for the Rath Yatra festival on Friday as floats were withdrawn after two years of muted celebrations due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Leaders of various political parties, including the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition BJP, joined the celebrations separately. Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee separately wished the people of the state on the occasion of Rath Yatra. Banerjee inaugurated the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Rath Yatra in South Kolkata.

TMC leader and Kamarhati MP Madan Mitra was present when three 30ft tanks were fired on BT Road in Belgharia by the people. BJP State Chairman Sukanta Majumdar pulled a tank in Cossipore area, North Kolkata while Opposition Leader Suvendu Adhikari led worshipers in Marishda district of Purba Medinipur.

About a million people traveled to Mahesh in Hooghly district to pull the famous chariot with the three sister deities – Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath – seated inside. Most of them did not wear masks ignoring requests from organizers and administration as covid cases increased.

“After muted celebrations over the past two years, when deities could not be taken along the traditional mile-long route, the centuries-old Mahesh Rath is back in its place. original splendor this year,” said one of the priests of the Jagannath temple. , said Mahesh. Tanks were taken to many other parts of Kolkata by various organizations. Children took out small floats across the state.

“Auspicious day of Rath Yatra, praying to Lord Jagannath for eternal peace, prosperity, good health and happiness for all,” the governor tweeted. In a post on Twitter, the Chief Minister said, “Jai Jagannath! Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Ratha Yatra, the mighty movement of the Lord, embracing all castes and creeds. May he bless us all.”

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