Bhubaneswar: Lakhs of devotees from across the country converged on Odisha’s temple town of Puri today to witness the Bahuda Yatra (homecoming festival) of the deities of Sri Jagannath temple.
The Bahuda Yatra is held eight days after the annual Rath Yatra, which marks the journey of Lord Jagannath, elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, from the 12th century Jagannath temple in three splendidly decorated wooden chariots to Gundicha temple, about two km away.
The return of the deities follows the same rituals as performed during the Ratha Yatra.
The deities return to their abode in the same splendidly decorated chariots, which thousands of devotees pull with the help of ropes amid beats of gongs and drums.
The deities will remain in their respective chariots parked at Singhdwar (Lion’s gate) in front of the Jagannath temple after the Bahuda Yatra concludes.
A glimpse of the deities on the chariots during the Rath Yatra and Bahuda Yatra is considered to be very auspicious.
Meanwhile, the state government has made elaborate security arrangements across the town to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident.
Bomb detection and disposal squads and fire tenders have been engaged to meet emergencies.
The temple town is likely to witness a sea of devotees Tuesday to witness the Suna Besha or golden attire of the deities on their respective chariots.