On two opposite ends of the country, two very different Chief Ministers flagged off the annual rath yatra in their states. In Gujarat, Narendra Modi, resplendent in a turban, folded his hands atop an elaborately decorated rath. He was shielded from the sun by an equally elaborate parasol.
In West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, dressed in her regulation white cotton sari, had to make do with a far more prosaic umbrella. Her famed common touch was very much in evidence as she mingled with the crowd beside the chariot, rather than atop it.
The rath yatra, held every year by the Jagannath temple in Puri, is replicated all over the country. The rath or chariot holds images of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. It leads a procession attended by lakhs of devotees. The nine day long festival ends when the chariot heads back to the temple, it's starting point.