Ahmedabad: Amit Shah attends 'Mangla Aarti' at Jagannath Temple

Summary: Delhi: Preparations for Rath Yatra in full swing at Jagannath Temple in Hauz KhasRath Yatra celebrations will be held in many cities across India from June 25 to July 06, 2017. "Over 7,000 cops, including 125 platoons of police force have been mobilized this Ratha Yatra", Singh said.

Ready to carry the deities for their annual nine-day sojourn to the Gundicha temple, about two km away, the three majestic wooden chariots waited outside draped in layers of red, black, green and yellow cloth.

The devotees will pull the three chariots on the grand road to the Gundicha Temple, about three kilometres from the main temple, on Sunday.

For the first time, a company of National Security Guards (NSG) has been deployed to guard the yatra. Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingh Deb conducted holy ritual of Chhera Pahanra (customary sweeping of chariot floor with golden broom) on three chariots - Taladhwaj, Nandighosh and Darpadalan - at around 3.15 pm and offered prayer to Lords for smooth conduct of the festival.

The trinity proceeded majestically in rhythmic movement in their journey to the world outside during "Pahandi".

"- Lord Jagannath's chariot is the tallest with 45'-6" feet, while Shree Balabhadra's 45 feet and that of Devi Subhadra is 44'-6" feet.

Originating in Puri, the Yatra is considered to be of high religious sanctity and marks the return on Lord Krishna to his place Vrindavan along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra.

The Shankaracharya of Puri Govardhana peeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati had a darshan of the deities on the chariots along with his disciples.

The Indian Railways has made a decision to run 186 special trains during the festival, said an official of the East Coast Railway, while the state government has announced plying of 272 special buses to Puri from different parts of the state.

A large number of cameras were installed across the city with an integrated surveillance control room near the Jagannath Temple as a special step.

  • Leroy Wright