Prime News, National, Religion, Kolkata, Rituals inside the makeshift Gundicha, where Lord Jagannath and his divine siblings Baladev, Subhadra stayed for the past eight days, marked the return car festival on Wednesday (july 1) as the usual sight of pulling of chariots by a large number of devotees was again missing across West Bengal after the Rath Yatra day due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.
The situation was similar in the temples of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Mayapur in Nadia district and Kolkata, and the famous Rath Yatra at Mahesh in Hooghly district.
ISKCON Mayapur spokesman Subroto Das said unlike around 2 lakh people pulling three chariots on road, only monks, priests and some resident devotees participated in the programme.
He said 40 resident devotees from 30 countries painted colourful rangolis, flowers and prepared ‘Chappan bhog’ to mark the return journey of the deities to the Jagannath temple from the temporary Gundicha structure built within the same temple complex. Close to a million devotees across the world watched it on various digital platforms. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)