Bahuda Yatra : Return Journey of Lord Jagannath

Lord JagannathBahuda Yatra is the return phase of the Ratha Yatra (Car Festival) of Lord Jagannath, Puri in Odisha. The return journey of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra to the main temple after spending nine days in the Gundicha temple. The idols of the deities are brought out of the Gundicha temple through the Nakachana Gate during the Pahandi bije ceremony, to the accompaniment of the beats of cymbals and gongs and the sound of conches being blown. Odissi and Gotipua dancers serenade to the tune of music in front of the chariots, and martial artists perform banati, a traditional martial art in front of the deities. The deities are taken in the same chariots in which they arrive, pulled by devotees back to the main temple. It is considered auspicious to get a glimpse of the deities on their chariots.


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