BJP president, Amit Shah has offered ‘mangla aarti’ at the Jagannath temple. He offered the prayer on Saturday morning before the 141st Rath Yatra begins.
The 9-day festival has attracted lakhs of devotees at Ahmedabad from all over the country. The festival of a long procession of chariots and devotees has begun today. The lakhs of devotees will pull chariots with deities of Lord Jagannath, Balaram, and Subhadra starting from today.
The procession of Rath Yatra 2018 includes 101 trucks, 18 elephants, 30 akhadas, 3 rash mandals, 18 bhajan mandals and 3 chariots.
The Police department has made the details security plan after considering each aspect of the Rath Yatra. More than 20,000 men in uniform are deployed during the possession. They will make sure that the occasion takes place without any disturbance.
This deployment includes the city commissioner, 3 special commissioners, 5 IGs and DIG-level officers, 31 superintendents of police, 88 assistant police commissioners, 253 police inspectors, 819 sub-inspectors, 14270 constables and 5400 home guards.
Besides the police security arrangement 22 companies of SRP, 25 companies of Paramilitary force, 1 team of Chetak Commando, 30 Quick Responses Teams and 10 teams of Bomb Squad are present on the occasion.
For the first time, the Yatra will be covered by the helium balloon with high definition cameras. This will help the police to be more vigilant.
As per the ancient tradition, the chief Minister concluded Pahind Vidhi, the ritual of clearing the path of the procession to welcome the Lord Jagannath.
We would like to wish our readers on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra. May the blessing of Lord Jagannath keeps you happy, healthy and make your year prosperous.