GAURIPUR, June 29 - The historic Rathyatra of Lord Sri Krishna will be held on July 4 next at the famous Ram Raikuti Satra at Satrasal established by Srimanta Sankaradeva 500 years ago and situated along the Indo-Bangladesh border. This year more than 60,000 devotees are expected to take part in the celebrations.
In the morning, the Satra campus will be cleaned and puja rituals will be performed as per Vaisnavite rules. Naam kirtan will also be held.
In the afternoon, the idols of the deities will be placed in the brass metal chariot donated by Koch general Bir Chilarai and King Naranarayan and the chariot will move several times around the manikut and, thereafter, the devotees will pull the chariot to Ghunushabari, situated a few miles away from the Satra.
The devotees will follow the chariot, performing naam kirtan and throw leteku, a fruit, as a mark of respect to the deities.
A big mela will also be held on the occasion.
It may be mentioned here that the brass metal chariot needs to be replaced by a wooden chariot as it is in a poor condition.
Rathyatras will also be held at Paglababa dham, Sapatgram and Jinkata Satra, situated along the Assam-North Bengal border with great fervour and gaiety.