IMPHAL, June 25 - The nine day-long celebration of Kang (Rath Jatra) festival began with pomp and gaiety in Manipur on Sunday. The main events of the festival include the pulling of Kang, the traditional chariot and offering of flowers and fruits to Shree Shree Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra.
The pulling of Kang was held at Shree Shree Govindajee temple complex here. A large number of devotees turned up in their traditional attires at the Palace Gate and temple to take part in the festival despite a downpour.
The ISKCON temple here also celebrated the festival by pulling a mini Kang along the Airport Road.
The State also celebrated Kang Chingba festival by holding religious rituals in the evenings at mandaps and community halls. The festival, which will conclude on July 3, also witnesses daily community feasts.
Meanwhile, hectic preparations are on to celebrate Id-Ul-Fitre festival on Monday. Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, Chief Minister N Biren Singh and others have greeted the people on the occasion of the festival.