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World famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins at Puri in Odisha

(FAST MAIL NEWS) -The world famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins today at Puri in Odisha.

Lord Jagannath will now, after a few hours, come down from the gem throne of the Sri Mandir of Puri and ride on his chariot at Baddand to give darshan to his devotees. All the rituals related to Rath Yatra have started in Shrimandir since morning.

Nandighosh, the chariot of Lord Jagannath, Taladhwaja, the chariot of Lord Balabhadra and Darpadalan, the chariot of Goddess Subhadra, are standing on the pedestal of the Shrimandir. Due to Corona, this time also the Rath Yatra will be without devotees. Only service and security personnel will be involved in this ritual.

The government has made arrangements to show the Rath Yatra through television. All roads connecting Puri city have been sealed and a 48-hour curfew has been imposed from 8 pm on Sunday.

According to the information received from the Shrimandir administration, from the early hours of Monday, all kinds of rituals are going on. The policy of consecration of the chariot will be at eight in the morning and the tradition of consecration at 8.15.

 

 After this, the pahandi Vije will start at 8.30 in the morning and will end by 11.30 am. In the Pahandi Bije policy, the Lord will come from the temple and sit on the chariot. After this Madan Mohan Bije  will be completed. Gajapati Maharaj Divya Singh Dev Chhera of Puri will perform "Chhera Pahanra" leading to the deities adorning their respective Raths.

 The pulling of chariots will start from 3 pm onwards.

The Raths, which are customarily pulled by thousands of devotees in the presence of lakhs of others, will this time be pulled only by the servitors, that too only those who have been tested negative for covid-19 in view of public health.

About 8000 people that include the servitors, security and media personnel and district administration officials have already undergone RT-PCR test in order to partake of this mega festival.

As an anti- congregation measure, which also is in sync with anti- covid measure, has been clamped in the holy city of Puri.

Even as the annual rathyatra is being held under the shadow of the pandemic, devotees can however have their soulful darshan of Lord Sri Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra as their grand chariots, named as Nandighosa, Taladhwaja and Darpadalana, roll down majestically along the Grand Road from Sri Jagannath temple to Shri Gundicha Temple.

Unprecedented security arrangements have been made in Puri city for the Rath Yatra. 65 platoon police force has been deployed in Puri Shah. Along with dividing the city of Puri into 12 zones, security forces have been deployed at the main entrance of the city.

 

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