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Rath Yatra

Rath Yatra is a Hindu festival held each year in mid-summer. Also known as the Chariot Festival, it is one of the largest religious festivals in India. The three deities, Jagannath, Subhadra, and Balabhadra are celebrated.

Celebration\ Observance

The morning of the festival begins with a ceremony and in the afternoon the exciting chariot ride takes place. As a restricted holiday, government and businesses are open.

History

These three deities are symbolized via idols as Lord Jagannath and his sister (Subhadra) and brother (Balabhadra) traveling in chariots called raths from his temple in Puri to the countryside.