Kaniha: The most awaited world famous festival of Odisha “Rath Yatra” celebrated at NTPC Talcher Kaniha with religious pomp and gaiety on Thursday.Deepshika Rath Yatra Committee of NTPC Kaniha is organizing the nine days festival .On this day, the trinity of Jagannath-Balabhadra-Subhadra from temple were taken to the chariot by Pahandi yatra by the devotees.As per tradition “chhera pahanra” was performed by Head of the power station Ramesh Babu V by sweeping the chariot platform to begin Rath Yatra. Thousands of devotees from NTPC Township & neighboring villagers thronged to take part in the auspicious car festival. The trinity journey from temple to gundicha temple was enchanting with sounds of drums and chanting of religious verse and “Jai Jagannath”.
The colourfully decorated chariot was pulled by thousands of devotees, which included senior officials, employees, spouses ,CISF personnel & villagers. The chariot reached “mausi maa mandir” in the evening hours.To celebrate the festival, cultural programmes like bhajan sandhya & cultural programmes were arranged. The car festival will end with bahuda yatra on 12.07.2019.
Rath yatra celebration at NTPC Kaniha is a major attraction for the inhabitants of the township as well as the local villagers. Local people from in and around the power station visit the township to have a glimpse of Lord Jagannath and his siblings.