Hundreds of devotees walked into the streets of Kathmandu pulling the chariot to detour the city chanting hymns and slogans hailing Lord Jagannath. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness had organized the Jatra in the Nepali capital Kathmandu which was last held in 2019 before the pandemic gripped the world.
"I am extremely happy and satisfied with the festival of Jagannath Rath Yatra is finally back," Mina Chand, a devotee who took part in the procession told ANI.
"During the COVID pandemic, I stayed back at home but watched the procession of Jagannath Puri in India which I watched online over the TV. But, was not able to participate, like today. I was very sad as the procession didn't take place but now I am really happy," Chand added.
The Ratha Yatra, also known as the Chariot Celebration of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Balabhadra, is the most prominent Hindu festival in the Puri city of Odisha.
This festival takes place every year on the second day of the Shukla Paksha in the months of June or July. This year the festival falls on July 1.