Jagannath Rath Yatra: Annual Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra heads to Gundicha Temple in Puri

14 July 2018, 04:54 PM
Jagannath Rath Yatra 2018 LIVE: 141st annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri begins
Jagannath Rath Yatra 2018 LIVE: 141st annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri begins

Amid the blowing of conches and beating of cymbals, the 141st annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath started from Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri on Saturday. Lakhs of devotees, who waited outside the temple gates to take a glimpse of their God, took part in the Rath Yatra.

The pulling of the three chariots- Nandighosa (Jagannath), Taladhwaja (Balabhadra) and Devadalana (Subhadra) - began after performing the Mangala alati, Mailam, Tadapa Lagi and other rituals at the Puri temple.

Massive security arrangements have been put in place ahead of the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri. A special protection cover has been created around the three chariots. As many as 140 platoons of police and NSG commandos have been deployed for the security.

Highlights:

#09:40 AM: Dharmendra Pradhan at Puri Rath Yatra: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan takes part in annual Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra. 

#09:00 AM: The Rath Yatra begins: The annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins amid the loud beating of cymbals and chants of "Jai Jagannath". The three chariots of Nandighosa (Jagannath), Taladhwaja (Balabhadra) and Devadalana (Subhadra) are being pulled by lakhs of devotees.

#08:15 AM: Sand art of Lord Jagannath: Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik crafts a sand art of Lord Jagannath with his greatest devotee Salabega and replica of chariots at Puri beach.

#08:10 AM: What is the significance of Jagannath Yatra: Jagannath Rath Yatra is held every year to celebrate Lord Jagannath’s annual visit to Gundicha Mata Temple in Puri. Lord Jagannath, who is said to be a form of Lord Vishnu, along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra spends few days in Mata Gundicha temple. The visit comes in the honour of Mata Gundicha, wife of King Indradyumna.

#08:00 AM: PM Modi greets countrymen: "Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra. With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, may our country scale new heights of growth. May every Indian be happy and prosperous.  Jai Jagannath!" tweets Modi.

#07:50 AM: Amit Shah at Jagannath Rath Yatra in Gujarat: BJP President Amit Shah takes part in aarti at Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad ahead of the Rath Yatra. He will take part in the annual Rath Yatra by pulling the chariot of Lord Jagannath.

#07:40 AM: Yatra to start soon: The Rituals, including Mangala alati, Mailam, Tadapa Lagi rituals and others, have been going on in the Puri temple since early morning and Lord Jagannath along with brother Balabhadra and Sister Subhadra will come out soon.

#07:30 AM: Hello and welcome to the News Nation Live Updates: Lakhs of devotees are waiting outside the Jagannath Temple gates in Odisha’s Puri to take a glimpse of Lord Jagannath ahead the annual Rath Yatra. The Yatra is being celebrated all across the country. From Puri to Ahmedabad and Jaipur to Jammu, the pulling of the three chariots- Nandighosa (Jagannath), Taladhwaja (Balabhadra) and Devadalana (Subhadra) is one of the major festivals of Hindus. Stay with us as we bring you all the live updates on 141st annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath.

First Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 07:31 AM
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