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Rathayatra is one of the principal festivals of Orissa and West Bengal. The Rathayatra of Mahesh is the second oldest chariot festival in India, the Rathayatra at Puri being the oldest.
Rathayatra of Mahesh is the oldest in Bengal as it is celebrated since 1397. It is a weeklong festival and a huge fair is held during the celebrations. People throng to Mahesh to have a share in the pulling of the long ropes attached to the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra on the journey from the temple to Gundicha Bari at Serampore and back.
Have you ever been to Mahesh during Rathayatra?