Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took to Twitter and wished the people on the special occasion of the Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019 as devotees in the state of Gujarat, Odisha and other parts of the country took out massive processions.
"Best wishes to everyone on the special occasion of the Rath Yatra. We pray to Lord Jagannath and seek his blessings for the good health, happiness and prosperity of everyone. Jai Jagannath," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
In the tweet, The Prime Minister shared two pictures from his participation in the previous Jagannath Rath Yatra. In one of the pictures, the prime minister is seen donning purple attire praying amid a large group of people.
Best wishes to everyone on the special occasion of the Rath Yatra.
We pray to Lord Jagannath and seek his blessings for the good health, happiness and prosperity of everyone.
Jai Jagannath. pic.twitter.com/l9v36YlUQ5- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 4 July 2019
Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah also prayed at the Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad, ahead of the annual Gujarat Jagannath Rath Yatra that also coincides with the Rath Yatra in Puri, which begun in the early hours today and and seeked the blessings of Lord Jagannath on the ocassion of Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019.
The 142nd Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad's Jamalpur - apart from the three main chariots - comprises 19 decorated elephants, 100 trucks with tableaux and members of 30 singing troupes, reported news agency PTI.
The procession will return to the temple at around 8:30 pm after passing through the Old City. A multi-layered security cordon involving 25,000 personnel from different police units and paramilitary forces has been put in place. CCTVs and drone cameras have also been installed for keeping a close watch on the Yatra.
Meanwhile, in Odisha's Puri, thousands of devotees are participating in the Rath Yatra and all roads leading to the coastal town have been barricaded.
(Edited by: Nehal Solanki)
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