Puri: Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra began their homeward journey from Gundicha temple well ahead of the schedule during the Bahuda Yatra on Tuesday.
In view of COVID-19 pandemic and as mandated by the Supreme Court the festivities are being observed sans devotees. The chariots are being pulled by servitors who have tested negative for COVID-19 as part of the guidelines.
Lord Balabhadra being the eldest was the first to set off in his red-bluish green coloured chariot Taladhwaja. He is closely followed by sister Goddess Subhadra in red-black coloured chariot Darpadalana. Lord Jagannath is at the rear in his red-yellow chariot Nandighosha.
During the return journey, the three chariots stop for a while at the Mausima Temple, also known as Ardhasani Temple. This temple is dedicated to the aunt of Lord Jagannath. Here three deities are offered ‘Poda Pitha’, a special sweet made of rice, coconut, lentils and jaggery.