Photographer's Note

Another shot from Puri Rath Yatra
This was taken from the top a building
adjoining the Puri Temple.
The Puri Rath Yatra is world famous for the
crowd that it attracts.Puri being the abode
of these three deities, the place plays host
to devotees, tourists and about one million
pilgrims from across India and abroad.The
pushing and shoving to seat Lord Jagannath
on his chariot continues for hours. The god
it seems is testing the perseverance of his
devotees. The devotees in turn are not the
ones to give up easily. They coax, cajole,
they promise sweetmeats and other delicacies,
when all this fails they call the Lord names,
all the while the surging crowd chants, sings
and dances.

The faithful believe that a glimpse of Lord Jagannath seated on his chariot ensures salvation, so they throng to Puri for the rath yatra.

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