GAURIPUR, June 16 - Brisk preparations are afoot to celebrate the Rath Yatra of Lord Krishna at the historic Ramraikuti Satra of Satrasal situated along the Assam-Bangladesh border in Dhubri sector with a day-long programme on June 25 next.
In a press release, Jitendra Nath Prodhani, Satradhikar informed that on the auspicious day, the programme will begin with a cleanliness programme in and around the Satra in the morning and will be followed by naam kirtan. The brass idols of Lord Krishna and his brother Balabhadra will be taken out from the manikut and placed in the daulgriha. Puja will be performed by observing all the Vaishnavite rituals and naam kirtan will also be held alongside. After puja, the idols of Lord Krishna and Balabhadra will be placed in the decorated brass chariot donated by the Koch general Bir Chilarai and will move seven times around the Satra and the devotees will throw leteku, a kind of edible fruit as a mark of devotion. Thereafter, the chariot will be tied up by a rope and the devotees will pull the chariot to the Ghunushabari, situated half a km away from the satra and remain there for seven days. Again, the devotees will pull back the chariot to the manikut of the Satra. Daily puja and naam kirtan will also be held during these seven days. A big mela will also be held on the occasion where traders from Assam and Bengal will take part. More than 10,000 devotees will take part in the historic Rath Yatra.