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The Ratha Yatra festival is an age old tradition of India. While the main festival is associated withRatha Jatra, the Festival of Chariots of Lord Jagannatha is celebrated every year at Puri, the temple town in Orissa, on the east coast of India. The presiding deities of the main temple, Sri Mandira, Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, with the celestial wheel Sudarshana are taken out from the temple precincts in an elaborate ritual procession to Puri, but it is their respective chariots. The huge, colourfully decorated chariots, are drawn by hundreds and thousands of devotees on the bada danda, the grand avenue to the Gundicha temple, some two miles away to the North. After a stay for seven days, the deities return to their abode in Srimandira.
As said earlier the Founder members of the Sabarnas, were of Saintly Character, they associated themselves in several philanthropic and social activities serving the people they Ruled. Ratha Yatra, Durga Puja, where thousands visited and participated were part of these activity. The Jamindari( Revenue Collection) is gone but the same age old tradition is maintained by the members of the Sabarnas despite all hurdles.
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