Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra started in Ahmedabad, Amit Shah did Mangala Aarti and CM Patel did Pahind Vidhi

Rath Yatra: Union Minister Amit Shah did the Mangala Aarti of the Rath Yatra which started on Sunday. CM Patel did the Pahind Vidhi.

Jul 7, 2024 - 10:52
Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra started in Ahmedabad, Amit Shah did Mangala Aarti and CM Patel did Pahind Vidhi

Many devotees from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, came on Sunday morning for Lord Jagannath's 147th Rath Yatra. A significant number of devotees gathered along the procession path to view the Lord. Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, performed the Mangala Aarti. During this time, almost 22,000 security personnel were also deployed. Many teams, including emergency and ambulance, have been placed on standby.

According to the Hindu calendar, Rath Yatra is taken out on the second day of the month of Ashadh. On Sunday, the 147th Rath Yatra started in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. Devotees from all over the country gathered on the procession route to see this sight. Union Home Minister Amit Shah performed the Mangala Aarti. The chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra, and sister Subhadra are pulled by members of the Khalashi community as per the age-old tradition. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel performed the 'Pahind Vidhi', which involves clearing the path with a gold broom, from the 400-year-old temple of Lord Jagannath in the Jamalpur area.

According to the police, more than 22,000 security personnel will guard the event during this Rath Yatra and some balloon-mounted cameras have also been installed to monitor the movement of people. At the same time, 4,500 personnel have been deployed to accompany the crowd along the entire 16-km route. At the same time, 1,931 personnel are managing the traffic during the 147th edition of the annual Rath Yatra.

According to tradition, the chariot-led procession would return by 8 p.m. after passing through several districts of the ancient city. Meanwhile, several communally important locations have been incorporated. Usually, the yatra includes 18 adorned elephants, 100 trucks, and 30 'akhadas'. Senior police officials will monitor the yatra using 1,733 body-worn cameras linked to a control room. Twenty drones and 96 security cameras have been put at 47 points along the 16-kilometer circuit. Around 1,400 CCTV cameras erected by businesses along the road will be used for live surveillance, Ahmedabad Police Commissioner GS Malik announced on Thursday. According to officials, 16 ambulances and medical teams at five government hospitals have also been kept on stand-by to deal with any medical emergency.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Content Writer