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Rath Yatra
 

Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad is similar to the Rath Yatra of Jagannath Puri in Orissa. The Rath Yatra is marked by a procession of chariots carrying the idols of Lord Krishna, Balram and Subhadra. It is celebrated on the auspicious day of Ashadh Sud 2, in early July. The procession starts in the morning from Jagdish Mandir situated in the Jamalpur area of Ahmedabad city. The Mahant (head priest) of the Jagananth Temple heads the procession in Ahmedabad. There are three separate chariots carrying the idols of Lord Krishna, Balram and Subhadra. The chariots are adorned with flowers and garlands and taken around the city amidst much pomp, show and gaiety. Hymns are sung in God's praise. The decorated elephants, gymnasts, acrobats, sadhus and devotees from all walks of life accompany the procession. Music bands and bhajan mandalis add musical fare to the procession. Rath yatra is a day of public celebrations and shops and houses are embellished with beautiful flowers, bright lights and colourful rangoli and most of the households prepare their own special dishes on this day.


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