Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today performed the religious ritual of ‘Pahind Vidhi’ with gold ‘Chaamar’ on the main chariot of Lord Jagannath on the auspicious occasion of ‘Asadhi Bij’ before he flagged off the city’s 140th Rathyatra from the historic Jagannath temple amidst religious fervour and people’s éclat and enthusiasm. Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel also joined the ‘Pahind Vidhi’.
The Chief Minister explained the special significance of Lord Jagannath’s chariot procession when He Himself reaches out to meet the townsfolk on the chariot meandering through the streets of the town.
Mr. Rupani invoked the blessings of Lord Jagannath for peace and tranquility in every place and all round development and prosperity of the state. He said this is one festival in which people from all sections of the society join the procession and hence it is also called ‘Nagar Utsav’.
Since Asadhi Bij (second lunar phase of bright moon) is the first day of the Kutchi calendar, he wished happy New Year to the people of Kutch.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel also prayed for peaceful passage of the procession, good monsoon, bumper crop and all round development of the state and the nation.
Others present on the occasion included Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare Nirmalaben Wadhwani and Jagannath Temple Mahant Dilipdasji.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat