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Rath Yatra 2017: Devotees across India celebrate chariot festival

Lord Jagannath's chariot Nandighosa, Balabhadra's Taladhwaja and Subhadra's Devadalana are set to go on a nine-day sojourn to the Gundicha Temple

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The chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Debi Subhadra are all decked up on the eve of Rath Yatra festival in Puri. (Source PTI)

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Odissi dancers perform in front of the three chariots during the inauguration of the annual Lord Jagannath Rathyatra festival in Puri on Sunday. (Source: PTI )

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The cart festival of Lord Jagannath, traditionally known as the Jagannath Rath Yatra, is more than 5,000 years old. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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Muslims present a picture of Lord Krishna and Radha to Jagannath temple priest Dilipdas Maharaj as a gesture of communal harmony, ahead of 140th Annunal Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (Source PTI)

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Rath Yatra marks the return of Lord Krishna to Vrindavan with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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The three deities go on a nine-day journey to the Gundicha Temple. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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The wait for devotees to witness Yatra is over. A devotee celebrating in Ahmedabad. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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Nandighosa (Rath of Lord Jagannath), Taladhwaja (Balabhadra) and Devadalana (Subhadra) ride out on Rath Yatra since 12th century. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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A Hindu devotee performs Gatka, a traditional martial arts form, during a rehearsal for the annual Rath Yatra, or chariot procession, which commemorates a journey by Hindu god Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra, and sister Subhadra, in specially made chariots, in Ahmedabad. (Source PTI)

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Hindu devotees pull the "Rath" or the chariot of Lord Jagannath, during the annual Rath Yatra, or chariot procession, in Ahmedabad, India June 25, 2017. (Source: Reuters)

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Acclaimed Odissi dancer Dona Ganguly's troupe performs during 46th ISKCON Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Kolkata on Sunday. (Source: Reuters)

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Devotees rush to pull chariot during 46th ISKCON Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Kolkata on Sunday. (Source: Reuters)

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Foreigners take part in the 46th ISKCON Rathayatra procession in Kolkata. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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Dancers perform traditional dance form during ISKCON Rathayatra procession in Kolkata. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee along with West Bengal Minister Subrata Mukherjee inaugurate the 46th ISKCON Rathyatra in Kolkata. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)