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09 Jul 2019 | 07:17 AM UTC

India: Ratha Yatra celebrations continue July 12-15 /update 1

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Ratha Yatra celebrations continue with Bahuda Yatra, Suna Besha, and Niladri Bijaya ceremonies on July 12-15; crowded conditions and transportation disruptions expected across eastern India

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Puri (Odisha state), India, India

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The Hindu festival of Ratha Yatra is expected to continue with the Bahuda Yatra, Suna Besha, and Niladri Bijaya ceremonies from Friday, July 12, to Monday, July 15. The ceremonies are the concluding events of the Ratha Yatra, which draws millions of participants for public processions. It is mainly observed in eastern Indian states, particularly in the city of Puri (Odisha state), though associated events are held nationwide. A heightened security presence is expected in the region along with crowded conditions, an increased demand for hotels and taxis, and other transportation disruptions, including road closures and congested public transportation.


The Bahuda Yatra and affiliated ceremonies of Suna Besha and Niladri Bijaya, are held on Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13, and Monday, July 15, respectively. They are the closing ceremonies of Ratha Yatra mark the return and preparation of three deities to their respective temples.


Individuals in India, particularly Puri (Odisha state), Kolkata (West Bengal state), and other areas in eastern India, are advised to respect local customs and anticipate large crowds and associated transportation disruptions, increased demand for lodging and transportation, and a heightened security presence.


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