Hindu devotees in Bangladesh celebrate annual chariot festival

bang-MMAP-mdDevout Hindus soaked in the religious fervour in Bangladeshwhile celebrating the annual Hindu chariot festival over the weekend.

People, especially women, celebrated the nine-day-long festival, which commemorates a journey by Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, in specially made chariots.

A student, Sushmita Das, who was a part of the grand festivity said Lord Jagannath would return to his place after nine days.

“We have come here to witness one of the greatest religious festivals of Hindus. Hindu Lord Jagannath is going to her aunt’s place and will return to his place after nine days,” she said.

The festival is celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksha (waxing cycle of moon).

According to Hindu religious texts, Jagannath is the reincarnation of Lord Krishna, from which the English word juggernaut was derived, who along with his elder brother Balabhadra or Balaram and sister Subhadra are worshipped.

The procession is one of the most colourful events on the Indian religious and social calendar and is celebrated in other states of India.

Source: Business Standard