Saturday, 26 November, 2022

Ratha Yatra celebrations begin in Rangpur

RANGPUR: Members of the Sanaton community began celebrating the nine-day Shree Shree Jagannathdeb’s ‘Ratha Yatra’ in the city on Thursday afternoon, reports BSS.

The Shree Shree Radhagopinath Zeu Mandir unit of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Bangladesh at Tazhat in the city has chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the festival.

Assistant High Commissioner of India stationed at Rajshahi Sanjeev Kumar Bhati inaugurated celebrations of the ‘Ratha Yatra’ at a function held on ‘Paul Para Shree Shree Madan Mohan Thakurbari Mandir’ premises as the chief guest.

Later, thousands of devotees participated in the chariots pulled out on the city streets from ‘Paul Para Shree Shree Madan Mohan Thakurbari Mandir’ to ‘Dharmoshava Mandir’ followed by a discussion.

Senior Vice-president of ISKCON Bangladesh and Principal of Taraganj Shree Shree Radha Madanmohan Zeu Mandir Shreemot Bhaktipriyo Godadhar Goswami Moharaj Brahmachari presided over the discussion.

Deputy Inspector General for Rangpur Range Police Devdas Bhattacharya addressed the discussion as the guest of honour.

Acting President of district unit of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad Ajoy Prasad Babon, its General Secretary Dhiman Bhattacharya, Sanaton community leaders Subrata Sarker Mukul, Ramakrishna Somani and Nikelendu Sarker Guho spoke on the occasion.

The nine-day programmes also include ‘Agnihotro Jaggya’, ‘Sangkirton, discussion on Jagannathdeb’s ‘Leela Mahattya’, ‘Raj Bhog’, prayers, ‘Mohaharinam Sangkirton’, ‘Ulto Ratha Yatra’ and cultural functions.

The nine-day celebrations will conclude through pulling rope of the ‘Ulto Ratha’ of the Shree Shree Jagannathdeb’s ‘Ratha Yatra’ on July 12.