Rukuna Rath journey halts as ropes snap

Pulling of Rukuna Rath of Lord Lingaraj had to be stopped abruptly on Saturday as the chariot’s ropes snapped thrice.

Published: 25th March 2018 03:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th March 2018 04:40 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR:Pulling of Rukuna Rath of Lord Lingaraj had to be stopped abruptly on Saturday as the chariot’s ropes snapped thrice. The chariot moved for a short distance before it was stopped. Pulling would resume on Sunday. Thousands of devotees had gathered in Old Town to pull the chariot on the occasion of Ashoka Astami. The day began with the regular rituals early in the day and at 1.30 pm, the ‘Pahandi Bije’ started. At 3 pm, the Bhoga Mandap ‘niti’ of the deities was organised followed by pulling of the chariot.

Devotees throng the streets during Rukuna Rath Yatra in
Bhubaneswar on Saturday | EXPRESS

The ropes procured from Coir Board of India snapped three times before reaching Badheibanka Chhak. Tight security arrangements were made to manage the crowd and maintain law and order during the Rath Yatra. Every year during Rukuna Rath Yatra, the annual chariot festival of Lord Lingaraj, bronze images of three deities―Chandrasekhar (the representative of Lord Lingaraj), Rukmini and Basudeva are taken to Rameshwar temple in a colourful procession. The deities stay in the temple for four days before returning to Lingaraj temple in the chariot.

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