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Chariot Festival Brings Devotees To The Ground

Chariot Festival Brings Devotees To The Ground
Hindu devotees during the Rath Yatra chariot festival on June 3, 2017 in Labasa. Photo: Shratika Naidu
June 04
10:00 2017

Hundreds of Hindu devotees made special offering to their god by lying face-down on the hot tar sealed road during a deities’ procession known as the Rath Yatra on Labasa Street yesterday.

The Chariot festival was organised by the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI) followed after a weeklong prayer called Brahmotsavam.

Shrivenkayeshwara Devasthanam Temple chief priest Jayaraman Mohan said: “The highlight of Brahmotsavam is procession of the presiding deities in an elaborately decorated chariot through the designated route of Labasa Town and back to the temple.

“We have been having Rath Yatra for more than 80 years in Labasa and this annual event attracts more than thousands of people.

“During this procession devotees make personal offering to god by lying down on the road.

“They do not care about whether the road is dirty or hot.

“They devotion is seen as they lay down themselves with barefoot and head facing on the ground.

“While they do this they bring forth their wishes and requests before the deities (Vishnu and Lakshmi).

“And we believe if they have faith surely their requests will be granted and it has been evidently proven.

“We have been preparing for this procession for two months in prayer.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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