Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The traditional 142nd Rathyatra procession will be taken out in the city on Thursday amidst much fanfare and tight security. Police did a grand rehearsal for the yatra on Tuesday. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani performed arti of the Lord in the evening.
The 14-km long Rathyatra will pass through the traditional route and start at 4 am. CM and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will perform ‘Pahind” ceremony after which the chariots will be pulled out from the temple in Jamalpur area. Special ‘bhog’ of’ Khichdi and guvar-kora’ shak will be offered to the deities.
There will be 16 elephants, 101 trucks, 30 akhadas , 18 bhajan groups and 3 bands in the procession. As per the ritual “Netrotsav” was performed on the three deities- Lord Jagannath, brother Balram and sister Subhadra. A cloth is tied to the eyes of the three Lords which will be opened tomorrow morning. On Wednesday the idols were decked with gold attire which is also a ritual.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the yatra. More than 25,000 police personnel, CCTVs and drone cameras have been put in place. The 14-kilometre has been divided into 26 zones manned by 37 teams of the state reserve police apart from 15 Quick Response Teams.
A government release said, “Over 25,000 policemen will be part of the security arrangement for the procession. It will include eight Inspector Generals of Police, 23 Deputy Commissioners of Police, 44 Assistant Commissioners of Police, 119 inspectors, besides Home Guards among others.”
A team of five DCPs, fifteen ACPs, 37 inspectors, and 177 police sub inspectors, supervised by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), will be responsible for security arrangements when the procession will be on the move,” the release informed.
It added that 94 CCTV cameras will be set up at 45 points for the yatra, in addition to the ones existing across the city.
They will be monitored from control rooms set up at seven police stations, it said, adding that mini-control rooms have been created at eight police stations along the route.
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