Devotee Hindus take part in chariot procession in eastern India

5th Apr, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

INDIA: Thousands of Hindu devotees took part in the Rukuna Rath Yatra (chariot procession) of Lord Lingaraj, an incarnation of Lord Shiva - the Hindu god of destruction, in Bhubaneswar city of India's eastern Odisha state on Tuesday (April 04).

 The chariot procession of the presiding deity at the Lingaraj temple is held on Ashokastami, the eighth day in the bright half of the first month of spring season called Chaitra, as per the Hindu almanac.

 In the annual procession, the chariot from the Lingaraj temple goes up to Rameswar

Temple, also known as Mausi Maa temple, and it returns after a four-day stay there.

 Devotees of Lord Shiva assembled in large numbers to attend the procession.

Braving the searing heat, devotees poured on to the streets and were seen crowding

balconies as the chariot passed by their houses.

 Devotees feel getting a glimpse of the chariot is auspicious and that those who attend will

be rewarded with happiness.

 According to legend, Lord Rama returned to his birthplace Ayodhya after killing the demon

Ravana in Lanka. His family priest advised him to visit Ekamra Kshetra (now Bhubaneswar)

and worship Lord Lingaraj to absolve himself of the sin.

 Lord Lingaraj, happy with Rama's utmost devotion and worship, came in a chariot to meet him.