Hindus celebrate Rathajatra in Dhaka

Star Online Report

The Hindu community celebrated one of their traditional festivals, Rathajatra (Chariot Procession) in Dhaka today.

The Hindus celebrate this sacred occasion annually to take a sight of Lord Jagannath, which the devotees believe to be very auspicious.

Hundreds of Hindus have participated in today’s Rathajatra, organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

People carry flowers during the Rathajatra for Lord Jagannath. Photo: Monika Roy

The Rathajatra started from ISCON temple at Swamibagh in the city around 4:15pm and ended at Dhakeshwari temple after parading Shahbagh intersection around 7:00pm.

Rathajatra, one of the major natural festivals of Hindus, is celebrated in the month of Ashar (June-July) across the country.

The Rathajatra will be followed by Ultorath festival, to be celebrated seven days later.

Hundreds of people joined today’s Rathajatra. Photo: Monika Roy

Rathajatra is a festival of peace and friendship. It has turned into a celebration of equality against all sorts of injustice and inequality.

The organisers of Rathajatra distribute bananas, khoi and batasha during the procession. Kirtans are also rendered during the festival.

Source: The Daily Star