Imphal, July 18 (ANI): Despite the chaotic situation in the state, people of Manipur on Saturday started celebrating the weeklong Rath Yatra popularly known as ‘Kang Chingba’.
The main event of the formal beginning of the festival, which includes pulling of Kang, the traditional chariot, and offering seasonal flowers and fruits to Lord Jagannath, marks the nine-day long festivities.
The Kang was pulled at the Shree Shree Govindajee Temple complex here in Imphal East district.
Braving the seasonal downpour, a large number of devotees turned up in their traditional festival attires at the palace gate and temple to take part in the festival.
The ISKCON temple authority in Imphal also celebrates the festival by pulling Odisha’s Puri-type mini kang (chariot) along the Imphal-Airport road.
The festival, which will continue till July 26, will also witness a community feast on a daily basis. (ANI)