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Jagannath Rath Yatra starts in Ahmedabad; PM greets people

14 Jul 2018 | By Manoj Panchal
Ahmedabad: 141st Jagannath Rath Yatra starts today

The 141st Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath commenced this morning in Gujarat's Ahmedabad amid tight security as lakhs of devotees flocked to the 18km route to catch a glimpse of the deity.

The chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balbhadra and sister Subhadra, embarked on the yatra from the 400- year-old Jagannath Temple in the Jamalpur area of Ahmedabad.

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14 Jul 2018Jagannath Rath Yatra starts in Ahmedabad; PM greets people

BlessingsAmit Shah, Gujarat CM, and Deputy CM performed rituals

Before the annual Rath Yatra started, BJP President Amit Shah performed "mangla aarti" (the auspicious ritual to pay obeisance to Lord) of the deities in the temple in the early hours.

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel performed "Pahind Vidhi", a symbolic ritual of cleaning the way for chariots using a golden broom.

PM Modi also greeted people on the occasion.

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SecurityTight security deployed in the city ahead of Rath Yatra

Besides the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balbhadra, and sister Subhadra, the Rath Yatra procession comprised 18 decorated elephants, 101 trucks with tableaux, members of 30 religious groups and 18 singing troupes.

Over 20,200 personnel drawn from the police, Home Guards, State Reserve Police, and paramilitary forces were deployed at strategic locations along the 18km-long yatra route to prevent any untoward incident.