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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
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Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
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JAGARNATHPUR

Every year the annual car festival is held at Jagarnathpur with great pomp and ceremony. The ceremonials follow the customs and ceremonials at Puri. On the Rathayatra day thousands of people congregate and the idols are placed with due ceremonials in the Raths (chariots). Just as the Raja of Puri ceremoniously sweeps the platforms of the chariots, the head of the family of the ex-Raja of Barkagarh sprinkles scented water and sweeps.

After this the excited men, women and children accompanied with loud music of drums and cymbals, draw the chariot. The chariots with the deities of Lord Jagarnath, Balarama and Subhadra are taken to the Mousi Bari (aunt's house) where they remain for a week. After a week, on the Ultaratha day, the chariots are pulled back with the same festivities.

The Rathayatra at Jagarnathpur is the biggest religious and social event connected with any religious creed in the Ranchi district. At the lowest estimate, about thirty thousand people visit the area and take part in the festival in some way or other. The tribals freely join in pulling the ropes of the chariots and worshipping the deities. As a matter of fact, the Rathayatra festival is exercising a very stronginfluence in Hinduising the tribals.

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