6,000 devotees sway to chants amid light shower

A throng of 6,000 devotees today took to the city’s streets to mark Rath Yatra in a celebration bathed in rich hues and traditional gaiety under a sky loaded with ominous dark clouds.

Near Esplanade, the thick blanket hovering above parted to send forth a deluge that lasted for around 10 minutes, threatening to dampen spirits even as umbrellas were unfurled and sadhus from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) continued with their chanting.

The yatra this year saw an unprecedented number of participants and remarkable traffic management which ensured that the procession did not disrupt normal flow of public and private conveyances.

Kolkata Newsline