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BOY AND HIS CHARIOT
A Ratha-Yatra or Roth Jatra or Chariot Festival is a Hindu festival that involves transporting deities on a chariot (called a ratha or roth). The festival originated in Puri in the State of Odisha. The rath (chariot) is carrying Lord Jaggannath and due to its massive size and weight and sometimes seeminlgy unstoppable nature, has led to the English word juggernaut to refer to an unstoppable force.
Children use to buy chariots and decorate them and roll them just like the original ritual.
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