July festivals: India’s Ratha Yatra festival

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By Karen Hart

Make imaginative maps to link in with the chariot ride in an Indian festival.

Ratha Yatra chariot

Photo: Andrew Butko, Wikimedia Commons

Ratha Yatra, meaning ‘chariot journey’, is an annual Hindu festival held during India’s rainy season in the months of June and July. The festival is a very special event in the Eastern part of India, particularly in Puri, in the state of Orissa, and is held in honour of Lord Jagannath (Lord of the Universe), a form of Krishna.

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