Bhubaneswar: Rukuna Rath Yatra of Lord Lingaraj begins today on Ashokastami.The rituals began at the 11th century temple in the morning allowing devotees to have a glimpse of the deities in a ritual called Sahana Mela.
Pulling of Rukuna Rath of Lord Lingaraj to be done tomorrow as chariot rope breaks thrice.
After series of ceremonies, bronze sculptures of the three deities- Chandrasekhar, Rukmini and Basudev installed on the chariot amidst loud beats of gongs, blowing of conchs and chanting of hymns.
As per the schedule, the chariots dragged for a city tour at 4 pm. Pulling of Rukuna Rath of Lord Lingaraj to be done tomorrow as chariot rope breaks thrice. Tight security arrangements made for the annual chariot festival.