Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The 142nd traditional Rathyatra was taken out in the city on Thursday amidst much fanfare and sea of devotees. Heavy police bandobast marked the annual journey of Lord when he goes out to meet his devotees. The yatra was greeted by thousands of devotees at every spot on the 14 km long route.
People decked in colourful attire, decorated elephants, tableaus, akhadas moved the entire route amid chants of “Jay Ranchod, Makhanchor”. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel performed the “Pahind” ritual in the temple at 4 am in the morning. Union Home Minister Amit Shah performed the ‘mangla aarti’ and took blessings of the Lord.
The Rath Yatra moved through its traditional route via Municipal Corporation, Raipur Chakla, Khadiya crossing, Kalupur cirlce to reach the Mosal at Sarspur and return to the temple via Prem Darwaja, Delhi Chakla, Shahpur, Ghee Kanta, Manek Chowk till late in the evening.
Tableaus depicting Statue of Unity, Indian cricket team, patriotism and others attracted people. Akhadas showing their performance were the main attraction in the yatra. Bhajan mandalis, hundreds of sadhus from all over the country moved along the yatra.
Muslims greeted the yatra in Dariapur area and prayed for peace and harmony in the state.
A large posse of security personnel was lined up the entire route. Besides a command control centre was set up where the yatra was monitored regularly. CM also monitored the yatra through his command control monitoring wall.
The yatra of Lord Jagannath, brother Balram and sister Subhadra is taken out on “Ashadhi Beej” every year.
Over 25,000 policemen were part of the security arrangement for the procession. They included 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. 94 CCTV cameras will be set up at 45 points for the yatra, in addition to the ones existing across the city.
The Raths returned to the mandir around 9.30 in the night.
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