Kolkata: After two years of the pandemic, Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra festival (Chariot Festival) was celebrated across the state.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee along with TMC MP Nusrat Jahan participated in ISKCON’s 51st Rath Yatra.
Offering prayers to Lord Jagannath, Mamata said that she had prayed for the ‘wellbeing’ of everyone.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the inauguration of the 51st ISKCON Rath Yatra, in Kolkata, Friday, July 1, 2022. | (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offers prayer during 51st ISKCON Rath Yatra in Kolkata, Friday, July 1, 2022. | (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC MP Nusrat Jahan during 51st ISKCON Rath Yatra in Kolkata, Friday, July 1, 2022. | (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)
TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty and Speaker Biman Bandhopadhyay were also seen participating in Rath Yatra in the state.
Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari also participated in Rath Yatra in Midnapore.
“Participated in vibrant #RathYatra festivities at three joyful events showcasing Sanatani cultural heritage & deep connection with the divine Lord. Consider myself fortunate to pull the wheels of Lord Jagannath's chariot. Jai Jagannath,” wrote Adhikari on Twitter.
Serampore’s Mahesh’s Rath Yatra this year turned 626 years old.
According to an organizer, last two years they just did the rituals but this year after the pandemic they will also celebrate the rituals in full form.
“The devotees after two years will meet the Almighty. The Lord of the universe gives darshan to all his devotees on the day of Rath Yatra,” said the organizer.
Meanwhile, in keeping with the rituals several noted families and clubs offered prayers to the wooden frame of Goddess Durga before making the idol of the Goddess.
Jagannath temple of Kiddhirpore also took out chariots and according to the organizer they will also hold different cultural festivals for the entire week.