About one million people were in Puri on Friday to attend the opening day of the week-long annual chariot festival, authorities said.

Three Hindu deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra, are taken out of the temple and then transported in colourfully-decked chariots to anotther nearby temple for a week's stay.

Pilgrims jostle with each other to pull the chariots, considering it to be a holy task.