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Akhara Parishad seers to take part in Ahd rathyatra on July 14

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The 141st edition of rathyatra or chariot festival of will be celebrated on a grand scale this year with seers of the Parishad scheduled to take part in the religious and cultural extravaganza for the first time.

Since city was declared as the 'World Heritage City' by the UNESCO last year, several tableaux devoted to that theme will be a major attraction of the procession that will be taken out from the Lord temple in Jamalpur area of the city on July 14.

The Rath Yatra is known to be the third largest in the world.

"This year's procession would comprise 18 decorated elephants, 101 trucks carrying tableaux, 30 religious congregations, 18 singing troupes, and three aesthetically decked chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother and sister Subhadra," Lord Temple Trust Mahendra Jha told reporters here today.

He said Akhil Bharatiya Parishad (ABAP) is among the prominent seers who will participate in the festival.

"Besides, over 2,500 seers from places like Haridwar, Ayodhya, Nashik, Ujjain, and have been invited for the rathyatra. This is the first time that saints associated with the ABAP will attend the event," said Jha.

The ABAP is the apex organisation of Hindu saints and ascetics in

Jha said the trust has also invited Haridwar-based Jagadguru Swami Hansdevacharya Maharaj and Mahant of Junagadh for the event.

Jha said they had also invited Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, however, he expressed his inability to attend due to an official engagement on July 14.

Rath Yatra is celebrated on 'Ashadhi Beej' that is the second day of Hindu month of 'Ashadh', which falls on July 14 this year.

Jha said BJP will perform Aarti at the temple at 4 AM on July 14.

Offerings from Narendra Modi, who had once stayed in this temple, are expected to reach the temple a day before the rathyatra festival, he said.

Explaining the rituals, Jha said chariots will commence their journey from the 400-year-old temple after and his deputy perform 'Pahind Vidhi'- a symbolic ritual of cleaning way for the chariots outside the temple.

The rathyatra procession typically stretches up to 1.5 km and covers a distance of around 18 km before returning to the

It generally takes 12 hours to complete the journey whose route passes through the walled city, including some communally sensitive areas.

Besides the Ahmedabad rathyatra procession, 163 other small and medium-scale processions will be organised at various places in the state on July 14.

The today said various steps are being taken to prevent any untoward incident during the processions.

Gujarat for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja had yesterday said that adequate police force will be deployed in all the 33 districts of the state for the rathyatras.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 18:20 IST
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