Kendrapara, July 4 (LocalWire): The festive mood of Rath Yatra was dampened by incessant rains in the coastal district of Kendrapada today.
The 64-feet-high second highest chariot Brahmataladhwaja of Baladevjew temple in Kendrapara could only be pulled for a 100 metres during Rath Yatra due to rain.
Riding on the colourful wooden chariot, Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra began their journey for a nine-day sojourn to the Gundicha Temple two kilometres from the temple.
Balabhadra Patri, executive officer of Baladevjew temple in Kendrapara said, ‘The chariot was pulled by the devotees only for a few meters.
It will reach Mousima temple on Friday.’
Muslims of Deulasahi village under Aul block joined the merrymaking and joined the Rath Yatra festivities today.
‘Lord Jagannath symbolises virtue and it’s our duty to promote it in a society that is experiencing social disintegration due to the
misinterpretation of religion by some,’ said Sarbeswar Das of Deulasahi.
Many Muslims are involved in the Ratha Yatra in Deulisahi village as they are members of committees that organise the Car festival in the famous Jagannath temple.
Unity in diversity plays an important part with the Muslim community are chiefly into making the chariots along with Hindu carpenters.
Many believe that there is much more to the Rath Yatra than just pulling chariot in the way of Hindu, Muslim harmony.
‘Nobody can create a divide between our two religions; we are like brothers,’ said Mohammad Amin of Deulasahi.
The Jagannath temple in Deulasahi has been a symbol of communal harmony, as Hindus and Muslims together pull the chariots to observe the age-old car festival.
Since time immemorial, this practice has been going on in the tiny village of Deulisahi.
Of the 2500 villagers about 800 persons are from the minority community and both the community has been living in amity. According to Arif Khan, a villager of Deulisahi the minority community cleans the village road for the smooth arrival of the chariot and they also pull the sacred ropes of the chariot from the Jagannath temple to the end of the village.