Devotees pull the three colourfully decorated chariots, which carry the three idols of the deities. Lakhs of devotees congregate in the pilgrim town to witness the nine-day chariot festival.
The rath yatra of Lord Jagannath also began in Ahmedabad. Lakhs of devotees are attending the yatra. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani gave the green signal to the yatra by cleaning the way in front of the yatra through a golden broom, before pulling the chariot. Rupani was the first to worship the Lord Jagannath in the temple.
Earlier, Bhartiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah offered morning prayers at the Lord Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad, before the commencement of the Rath Yatra. Shah participated in the “mangla aarti” at the Jagannath Temple.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings on the auspicious occasion of the Rath Yatra. He tweeted saying, “With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, may our country scale new heights of growth. May every Indian be happy and prosperous.”
I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore extended his greetings to all the devotees for the auspicious RathYatra. In a tweet, he said, “May the blessings of Lord Jagannath be with us as we move towards building a better society and a progressive country.”
The Jagannath Rath Yatra festival is also being celebrated with gaiety and religious fervor in neighboring Nepal. A number of programmes are being held to mark the occasion. In capital Kathmandu, ISKCON organised a Rath Yatra.
The idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra were placed on a beautifully decorated chariot. The devotees offered special prayers after that chariot procession began. Hundreds of people participated in the Yatra. The devotees pulled the chariot of deities in various parts of the Kathmandu city.