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Huge crowds of Devotees throng Jagannath Rath Yatra in holy city of Puri, Amit Shah performs 'Mangla Aarti'

Punjab Tribune Bureau | July 01, 2022 02:57 PM

AHMEDABAD: After 2 years of gap during the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual nine-day-long Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath has begun on Friday. A huge crowds of devotees arriving in the holy city of Puri. The festival will conclude next week on July 9, Saturday while security has been heightened as lakhs of people are expected to arrive to participate in the festival. 

Notably, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in last year, restrictions were imposed on the entry of devotees into the holy town, and Rath Yatra was carried out without the presence of devotees.

Speaking of the mega festival, three grand chariots belonging to Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra are decorated and parked in large chariots in front of the Singha Dwar which faces East towards Gundicha temple. They are to be pulled by the devotees gathered outside. 

Home Minister Amit Shah performs 'Mangla Aarti'

While on the other hand, Union Home Minister Amit Shah was also performing the 'Mangla Aarti' at Shri Jagannath Mandir in Ahmedabad as the auspicious Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra commenced on Friday, according to the official twitted. In the presence of hundreds of devotees, the Union Minister was seen performing the Aarti and further offering his prayers to Lord Jagannath, his brother Balaram and sister Subhadra. 

 

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