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In Pics: Puri Rath Yatra

The Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra, one of India’s biggest religious festivals, is underway in the temple town in Odisha amid the coronavirus pandemic. The annual festival is being celebrated after the Supreme Court's nod to organise it in a limited way without public attendance. The festival marks the annual journey of the three deities -- Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra -- from the 12th century Jagannath temple to the Gundicha temple.

June 23, 2020

Chariots of Lord Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath before a procession towards the Gundicha temple during the Rath Yatra festival, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Puri.

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Priests and devotees perform 'Pahandi' rituals of Lord Jagannath during the Rath Yatra festival, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Puri.

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King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb performs Chhera Panhara rituals during the inauguration of the annual Rathyatra festival, in Puri.

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Priests and devotees perform rituals of Lord Jagannath during the Rath Yatra festival, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Puri.

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Puri King Dibyasingha Deb being pulled in a chariot as he travels to take part in 'Chhera Panhara' ritual during the Rath Yatra festival, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Puri.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik watches Rath Yatra from his office, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik watches Rath Yatra from his office, in Bhubaneswar.

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Priests and devotees take part in the 'pahandi' rituals of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri. The Rath Yatra is being organised in a restricted manner this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Devotees maintain social distancing while taking part in Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra at Bada Danda (the Grand Road) in Puri. The Rath Yatra is being organised in a restricted manner due the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Security personnel stand guard at Bada Danda (the Grand Road) as devotees prepare to pull the chariot during Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri. The Rath Yatra is being organised in a restricted manner due the COVID-19 pandemic.

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View of Puri Bada Danda ahead of the Rath Yatra, in Odisha

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Priests and policemen pull the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balarama, and Subhadra from the construction site (Ratha Khala) to Jagannatha Temple for the annual Rath Yatra, scheduled to start from tomorrow, in Puri.

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Priests and policemen pull the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balarama, and Subhadra from the construction site (Ratha Khala) to Jagannatha Temple for the annual Rath Yatra, scheduled to start from tomorrow, in Puri.

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Chariots are seen ahead of the annual Ratha Yatra procession, in Puri.

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