Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel flagged off the 141st traditional Jagannath Rathyatra of Ahmedabad on the occasion of Asadhi Bij, second lunar day of month of Asadh, for the second successive time here today.
They performed the ‘pahind’ ceremony the first to cleanse the idol of Lord Jagannath with golden ‘savarni’ (brush) amidst chanting of ‘Jai Ranchhod; Jai Makhan Chor’ by lakhs of devotees who assembled at the starting point of the Rathyatra at the historic Jagannath temple at Jamalpur and who lined-up along the route of the chariot.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rupani said, this is the auspicious day when Lord Jagannath begins a round of the city in chariot since morning to give ‘darshan’ to His disciples, before returning to the temple by the evening.
Mr. Rupani prayed, “May the Lord’s blessings be continuously bestowed on the citizens of entire Gujarat, showering happiness, safety, progress and prosperity on the people. The Lord also listened to the people’s prayers for rain in different parts of the state.” He said that Rathyatra, also known as the Chariot Festival, is being celebrated in different parts of Gujarat, with people participating in the festival.
He also extended New Year greetings of Asadhi Bij today to the Kuchchi people.
Those present on the occasion included Revenue Minister Kaushikbhai Patel, Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinj Jadeja, Ahmedabad Mayor Bijalben Patel, MLA Jagdishbhai Panchal, Jagannath Temple priest Dilipdasji Maharaj, and dignitaries and devotees.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat