Imphal: The Rath Yatra (Kang Chingba) festival of the Hindus was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in Manipur with its main celebration at Palace Compound where the chariot of Lord Jaganath was dragged by devotees in spiritual enthusiasm amid chanting of the glory of Lord Jaganath.
The festival, like in other parts of the nation, was celebrated on the second day of the fourth month of lunar calender “Engen”.
The Kang festival last till the tenth of the month as “Kanglen” in the state.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh visited at Govindajee temple in Palace Compound in the morning and offered prayer to lord Jaganath, Balabhadra and Subhadra.
Kang Chingba began after the prayer.
Devotees offered fruits, flowers among other offerings in front of the chariot to the lord Jaganath.
The Kang Chingba of Govindajee temple was conducted along the Palace Compound road. People thronged at the temple to seek blessings.
Similar celebration was also seen at Sangaiprou, here performed by ISKON.
Minister Th. Biswajit, MLA Kunjakeswor and others were seen the spiritual event.
Small Kang chariots were seen at various streets of the state where devotees prayed with offerings.
In the evening devotees danced at temple gathering halls chanting the glory of the Lord and together had the prasadam known as Khitcheri which was offered to the Lord.