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Today at 7:12, the Rath Yatra began at Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad, and the Gujrat CM Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel were seen offering prayers at the temple.

 Rath Yatra begins at Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad

CM Vijay Rupani also gave greetings to all the citizens of India of Twitter saying, “Best greetings to all of you on the auspicious occasion of Ashadhi Dooj and Rath Yatra of Lord Shri Jagannath ji. May the life of everyone be filled with happiness, prosperity, and health with the blessings of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath ji and may this Rath Yatra be a factor of happiness for the entire creation”

The government told that the yatra will be taken out amid a curfew with only five vehicles, including three chariots, amid the Covid pandemic.

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CM Rupani said people to watch the event on television. “We hope that Gujarat becomes the first state to come out of the coronavirus pandemic and that the situation returns to normalcy,” CM Vijay Rupani said during the event.

The President of India tweeted,” My warm greetings and best wishes to all the countrymen, especially all the devotees in Odisha, on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath. I wish that with the blessings of Lord Jagannath, the lives of all the countrymen remain full of happiness, prosperity and health.” On his Twitter handle.

Balabhadra pahandi ritual at Jagannath temple in Puri

The Union Home minister performed aarti at the temple in Ahmedabad and he also tweeted on his tweeter, “On the auspicious occasion of Jagannath Rath Yatra, I have been participating in Mangala Aarti at Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad for many years and every time a different energy is received here. I got the privilege of worshiping Mahaprabhu even today. May Mahaprabhu Jagannath always shower his blessings and blessings on everyone.”

Rahul Gandhi greeted people by saying, “Best wishes to all of you on Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra.”

The Prime Minister of India also took down his Twitter to say few words for the same, “Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of the Rath Yatra. We bow to Lord Jagannath and pray that his blessings bring good health and prosperity in everyone’s lives. Jai Jagannath!”

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The Jagannath Temple at Odisha, Puri: The temple’s gate is decorated with flowers on Rath Yatra. In the Pahandi procession God Balabhadra was taken to the chariot. Rath Yatra was also conducted at the temple in Puri.

 Singha Dwar (Lion Gate), main entrance of the Jagannath temple, festooned with flowers on Rath Yatra


 God Balabhadra being taken to chariot in Pahandi procession in Puri

Meanwhile, a two day curfew is imposed in Puri, and high security has been imposed as the Jagannath Yatra begins. On Sunday, Bhol said, "Ahead of Rath Yatra, curfew has been imposed from 8 pm, July 11 until 8 pm, July 13 in Puri. 65 Platoon have been deployed at different points. No devotees are permitted to attend the yatra.”

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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is going to undertake laser scanning of some essential parts of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri during the 9-day Ratha Jatra festival when the deities will not be in the temple.

The three chariots arrive near Tambu Chowki near Dariyapur, amid heavy police deployment.

In Vadodara, the Jagannath Yatra has begun amid the tight police security. However on Friday, the Rath Yatra proceedings in Surat are cancelled by the Iskon temple authorities at Jehangirpura authorities.

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