Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - RELIGION -

Ratha Yatra, which be­gins to­day in In­dia, is a fes­ti­val hon­or­ing the Hindu de­ity Ja­gan­natha, a form of Kr­ishna, and in­volves a pro­ces­sion of three huge char­i­ots or carts that look like tem­ples, called raths, at Puri in In­dia. This is a pop­u­lar fes­ti­val be­cause dur­ing this time all castes are con­sid­ered equal, and ev­ery­one must eat the food pre­pared by lower-caste men at the shrine at Puri.

— Re­li­gious Hol­i­days and Cal­en­dars

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