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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 -

HON­OUR­ING THE GODS: Far left, devotees pull the char­iot of Lord Ja­gan­nath dur­ing the Rath Ya­tra or char­iot pro­ces­sion in Puri, 60km from the eastern In­dian city of Bhubaneswar. The three idols of Hindu God Ja­gan­nath, his brother Bal­ab­hadra and sis­ter Sub­hadra are taken out in a grand pro­ces­sion in spe­cially made char­i­ots called raths, which are pulled by thou­sands of devotees dur­ing the Rath Ya­tra or the char­iot fes­ti­val. Top, tra­di­tional dancers of the Shree Ja­gan­nath tem­ple tak­ing part in the pro­ces­sion. Bot­tom, Hindu devotees stand around a tra­di­tional art­work made of col­ored pow­der as part of the cel­e­bra­tions in Hyderabad, In­dia.

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