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Zatra is a type of religious ritual which is mostly prevalent among the people of the Hindu community.

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Zatra is a type of religious procession in which the idol of the deity is taken out the streets. Wide spread fanfare and celebrations take place during the ritual. It is also known as Yatra and Jatra. The idols are taken out in a "Palkhi", a type of palanquin or on multi-storied chariot also known as the Rath in the local language.

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Zatra is a type of religious ritual which is mostly prevalent among the people of the Hindu community. It is a type of religious procession in which the idol of the deity is taken out in the streets. Wide spread fanfare and celebrations take place during the ritual. It is also known as Yatra and Jatra.

During the Zatra Festival, the idols of various Gods and Goddesses are taken out in processions to pay homage to them. The idols are taken out in a "Palkhi", a type of palanquin or on a multi-storied chariot also known as the Rath in the local language. The chariot is wonderfully decorated with new colors, paintings and flowers.

Zatras are taken out in almost all festivals. Some of the major festivals in which these rituals are performed are Diwali in the month of October and Shigmo festival in the month of March. Perhaps the most famous Zatra takes place in the state of Goa to celebrate the worship of Hindu deity Damodar. The festival takes place in Zambaulim. As a mark of homage to the lord, people walk on burning coals with bare legs. Another famous zatra is held in Puri during the Jagannath festival. Thousands of people take part in the zatras.

Wide spread celebrations take place during various zatras. People wear new clothes and women adorn themselves with traditional jewelry. Children also adorn themselves with local costumes. People also shower flowers over the idol and the holy procession as a mark of celebration.

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