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West Bengal, Orissa Observe Ratth Jatra Festival


The Rath Jatra festival was observed at Puri, Orissa, and other parts of West Bengal to commemorate the visit of Lord Jagannatha, his brother Lord Balarama and their sister Debi Shubhadra to the house of their aunt Debi Gundicha, where they spent a fortnight every year. The actual festival began with the "Snanjatra". The deities were bathed with water from an old well which is in the temple complex. Then the deities were put on huge ornamented chariots and were pulled to their destination by millions of devotees.

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