Undeterred by rains, lakhs of devotees from across the country and abroad descended on the seaside town to witness the nine-day journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra to the Gundicha Temple and back to their abode.
Devotees from all walks of life made a beeline to the seaside town to have a glimpse of the presiding deities of the 12th century shrine of Lord Jagannath as the trinity mingled with the sea of humanity during the annual festival of chariots.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, BJP president Amit Shah, Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other dignitaries greeted the people on Lord Jagannath’s annual car festival.
Jagannath Rath Yatra 2017: Acclaimed Odissi dancer Dona Ganguly’s troupe performs during 46th ISKCON Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Kolkata. Photo: PTI
Enthusiasm and excitement ran high among devotees as the deities remained indoors since ‘Snana Purnima’ on June 9. ‘Naba Jaubana Darshan’ of the deities was performed yesterday as they remained confined to “Anasara Pindi” (recovery chamber) after the grand bath on ‘Snana Purnima’.
Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has put a ban on climbing the chariots and touching deities. “Climbing the chariots and touching the deities during the Rath Yatra is not permissible as per the order of the Orissa High Court,” said SJTA Chief Administrator P K Jena.