Kondh Adivasis in Koraput district of Odisha come down from the hills to Narayanpatna town to celebrate the concluding phase of the Jagannath rath yatra. That last day is known as Bahuda yatra  –  marking the return of Lord Jagannath’s rath (chariot) to his temple. The three friends, aged between 14-16, are strolling around the festival area. 

Photo: P. Sainath, July 2, 2009, Nikon D 300.

P. Sainath is the founder editor of the People's Archive of Rural India. He has been a rural reporter for decades and is the author of 'Everybody Loves a Good Drought'.

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