Bhubaneswar: The biggest festival of the city, Rukuna Rath Yatra of Lord Lingaraj will be held here on Saturday.
The car festival of Lord Lingaraj is celebrated in the Odisha capital on Ashokastami.
Thousands of devotees will participate in the famous Yatra. The Commissionerate Police has imposed certain traffic restrictions between 1 pm and 8 pm for the smooth conduct of the Yatra. No vehicle will be allowed on Rath Road from Lingaraj Temple to Mausi Maa Temple via Rath Gada, Muna Medical, Tini Mundia, Gasagorasar and Barik Sahi Squares.
Meanwhile, the Lingaraj Temple administration has declared the schedule of Lingaraj Temple.
According to sources, the Mangal Alati, Abakash Niti and other rituals associated with this auspicious occasion will be performed between 5 am and 5.30 am at the Lingaraj Temple. Sahana Mela Darshan will be held between 5.30 am and 7.30 am.
The schedule is:
Rosha Homa- 5.30 am
Chamu Parishkar- 6.30 am to 7 am
Mahasnana, Besha, Surya Puja, Dwarapala Puja- 7 am to 8 am
Srijiu Balabha, Sri Bhubaneswari Balabha, Srijiu Sakala Dhupa-8 am to 9.15 am
Sri Bhubaneswari Sakala Dhupa-9.15 to 9.45 am
Bhoga Mandapa- 9.45 am to 10.45am
Surya Puja, Dwarapala Puja, Mahasnana Besa- 10.45 am to 12 pm
Jatra Puja- 12 pm to 12.30pm
Srijiu Pahandi- 11.30 am to 1.45 pm
Puja on Rath- 1.45 pm to 4 pm
Pulling of chariot to begin at – 4 pm
Arrival at Rameswar Temple- 6.30 pm