Bhubaneswar: Disciples covered 120 km distance to face Rath Yatra

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BHUBANESWAR: Nearly 22 devotees, involving 18 women, of three coastal villages in Ganjam district completed the Rath Yatra at Puri by covering a distance of 120 km. On Sunday, they reached to Lord Jagannath at 10 am.

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The disciples of three villages including Podagada-Jhatipadar, Raghunathpur and Prayagi-began their journey on Thursday under Rambha police confines in Ganjam district. They went to the temple through Malud Road and then head towards NH 316.

The devotees stated, “The Lord will bless them more if they walk rather than opt for the easier option of taking a train or a bus to the holy town. On their way, they had taken rest at three places near Kandakhai, Janhikuda and Jadupur in Puri district.”

They even took flattened rice, biscuits, chhatua, rice and vegetables along with them for the safety purpose. In between their journey, they took rest at Kandakhai.

On Friday, They reached Janhikuda ghat on the bank of the Chilika lake and hired a boat to cross the lake. On Saturday night, when they reached at Satpada ghat, they began their journey and rested at Jadupur near Brahmagiri.

“We were so eager to achieve Puri and see Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and goddess Subhadra on the chariots. So we began strolling at 4 am and achieved Puri before the pahandi of master Jagannath starts,” Renu Bisoi of Podagada-Jhatipadar town expressed.

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Kamani Jena, fan expressed, “I had a desire to go to the sacred town like her mom. So I requested that other ladies make an excursion to the Lord’s homestead. We do it to assuage the god. We feel that Lord Jagannath will favor us and get joy our lives,” she included.

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