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Rath Yatra Is Observed at Night at Mubarakpur in Soro near Balasore in Orissa

There is an age-old tradition that Rath Yatra should not be held at night. But Sri Sri Gosein Danda Baladevjeeu temple at Mubarakpur in Soro near Balasore in Orissa has been defying this tradition. The chariots of Jagannath, Bhalabhadra and Subhadra are pulled during the Rath Yatra after sunset. The Rath Yatra is here held on the same day when Puri Rath Yatra is held.
Times of India reports 
"Like every other year, we followed the same tradition this year too. This has been the trend here for the past five centuries. We are not bothered by this restriction. On the day of Rath Yatra, we follow all rituals as per the Puri temple, with this exception. While in Puri, individual chariots carry the three deities, here we pull only one chariot. All the three deities are placed on the same chariot," temple priest Mahesh Panda said.
Besides, the deities here are unique in many ways. They are different from those of Puri in terms of their symmetry. Here the idol of Balabhadra is bigger than that of Jagannath and Subhadra. Then again, separate deities of Radha and Krushna also have been installed on the same mandap. 
Legend has it that about 500 years ago, a Brahmin woman from Bengal, carrying the deities on a bullock cart was on her way to Puri. She had to keep the deities in the house of the Panda family here after her cart broke.
"We have been worshipping the deities since then. But due to lack of funds, we have not been able to build a larger temple. Though it has been handed over to the endowment department in 1944, no tangible improvement has taken place since then. Water keeps seeping in from the temple roof. The entire structure is in shambles and in desperate need for repair," Panda pointed out.