Baripada: People in Baripada are now soaked in Rath Yatra festivities as they now eagerly wait for pulling of the grand chariots. Here the pulling of chariots are usually held a day after the Puri Rath Yatra.
What makes the Rath Yatra in Baripada special is the fact that the chariot of Devi Subhadra is pulled by the women devotees.
Like Puri Srimandir, all the important rituals including 'Pahandi bije' of the deities of Sribaladevjew temple to their respective chariots and 'Cherra Panhara' were performed on the first day of Rath Yatra on Saturday. '20 platoon of police force including 10 to 12 Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs), 25 Inspectors have been deployed in Baripada town for the Rath Yatra celebrations. Special measures have also been undertaken for traffic on the routes the chariots will pass,' said Inspector-in-Charge (IIC) of Town Police Station, Ashok Kumar Nayak.CCTV cameras have been installed in strategic locations in the town to keep strict vigil on the movement of the crowd.