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View finder | Rath Yatra, Puri

At the Rath Yatra, where millions sandwich the chariots that rumble through the town
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First Published: Sat, Jul 06 2013. 12 29 AM IST
The fire brigade cools the crowd as the temperature and humidity rise. Photo: Abhishek Hajela
The fire brigade cools the crowd as the temperature and humidity rise. Photo: Abhishek Hajela
Of sounds and furies
Every summer, thousands of devotees begin a journey of faith to Puri in Orissa for the annual Puri Rath Yatra.
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Three giant chariots in the shape of temple mantaps, over 40ft in height, are pulled through the streets of Puri. The journey of the chariots represents the journey of Jagannath, Balabhadra and their sister Subhadra to the Gundicha temple, which is 3km from the Jagannath temple. The Rath Yatra day is the only day when non-Hindus can get a glimpse of the deities, since only Hindus are allowed inside the Jagannath temple.
This week’s View Finder features images from last year’s Rath Yatra, and shows the crowds that pack the city’s streets during the festival. This year’s Rath Yatra will be held on 10 July.
Abhishek Hajela is a Delhi-based freelance photojournalist and a Nikon International Award winner. His work has been published in various magazines and newspapers.

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