Lakhs witness rath yatra

first_imgThree decorated chariots of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra were tugged along the Grand Road in front of the 12th century temple as lakhs of devotees converged for the annual rath yatra here on Sunday.As the wheels of giant chariots began rolling down, cries of ‘Jai Jagannath’ rent the air. Chariots were towed from Shree Jagannath Temple to the Mausima Temple. The chariots were pulled by hundreds of police personnel with support from devotees after Gajapati Divyasingha Deb, customary king of Puri, conducted ritualistic sweeping on the wooden floor of the chariots.Massive security cover was thrown around Grand Road. On the occasion, hundreds of chariots were pulled by devotees across Odisha. Ahmedabad eventThe 140th rath yatra of Lord Jagannath began in Ahmedabad amid tight security as lakhs of devotees flocked the 15-km journey route to catch a glimpse of the deity.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel performed ‘Pahind Vidhi’— a symbolic ritual of cleaning the way for the chariots.The chariots then started the journey from the 400-year-old Jagannath Temple in Jamalpur area.BJP president Amit Shah performed ‘mangal aarti’ to the deities in the temple during the early hours.In Delhi, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and State BJP chief Manoj Tewari took part in the Jagannath Yatra celebrations. Inclement weatherIn West Bengal, the rath yatra was celebrated with much fervour and gaiety at the ISKCON temple in Mayapur in Nadia district.A large number of people, including 1,000 foreign devotees, participated in the yatra braving inclement weather.(With PTI)last_img

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