Amid the blowing of conches and beating of cymbals, the 141st annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath started from Jagannath Temple in Odishaâ€™s Puri on Saturday. Lakhs of devotees, who waited outside the temple gates to take a glimpse of their God, took part in the Rath Yatra.
The pulling of the three chariots- Nandighosa (Jagannath), Taladhwaja (Balabhadra) and Devadalana (Subhadra) - began after performing the Mangala alati, Mailam, Tadapa Lagi and other rituals at the Puri temple.
Massive security arrangements have been put in place ahead of the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri. A special protection cover has been created around the three chariots. As many as 140 platoons of police and NSG commandos have been deployed for the security.
#09:40 AM: Dharmendra Pradhan atÂ Puri Rath Yatra:Â Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan takes part in annualÂ Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra.Â
Odisha: Visuals of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra. pic.twitter.com/p2rvyODlQFâ€” ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2018
#09:00 AM: The Rath Yatra begins: The annualÂ Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins amidÂ the loudÂ beating of cymbals and chants of "Jai Jagannath". The three chariots of Nandighosa (Jagannath), Taladhwaja (Balabhadra) and Devadalana (Subhadra) are being pulled by lakhs of devotees.
#08:15 AM: Sand art of Lord Jagannath:Â Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik crafts a sand art ofÂ LordÂ JagannathÂ with his greatest devotee Salabega and replica of chariots at Puri beach.
Renowned sand artist @sudarsansand crafts a sand art of Lord #Jagannath with his greatest devotee Salabega and replica of chariots at Puri beach.â€” News Nation (@NewsNationTV) July 14, 2018
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#08:10 AM: What is the significance of Jagannath Yatra:Â Jagannath Rath Yatra is held every year toÂ celebrate Lord Jagannathâ€™s annual visit to Gundicha Mata Temple in Puri. Lord Jagannath, who is said to be a form of Lord Vishnu, along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra spends few days inÂ Mata Gundicha temple. The visit comes in the honour of Mata Gundicha, wife of King Indradyumna.
#08:00 AM: PM Modi greets countrymen: "Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra. With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, may our country scale new heights of growth. May every Indian be happy and prosperous.Â Jai Jagannath!" tweets Modi.
Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra.â€” Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 14, 2018
With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, may our country scale new heights of growth. May every Indian be happy and prosperous.
Jai Jagannath! pic.twitter.com/1Ifrxueaiu
#07:50 AM: Amit Shah at JagannathÂ Rath Yatra in Gujarat:Â BJP President Amit Shah takes part in aarti atÂ Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad ahead of the Rath Yatra. He will take part in the annual Rath Yatra by pulling theÂ chariot of LordÂ Jagannath.
#07:40 AM: Yatra to start soon: The Rituals, includingÂ MangalaÂ alati, Mailam, Tadapa Lagi rituals and others, have been going on in the Puri temple since early morning and LordÂ Jagannath along with brother Balabhadra and SisterÂ Subhadra will come out soon.
#07:30 AM: Hello and welcome to the News Nation Live Updates: Lakhs ofÂ devotees are waiting outside theÂ Jagannath Temple gates in Odishaâ€™s Puri to take a glimpse of LordÂ Jagannath ahead the annualÂ Rath Yatra. The Yatra is being celebrated all across the country. From Puri to Ahmedabad and Jaipur to Jammu, the pulling of the three chariots- Nandighosa (Jagannath), Taladhwaja (Balabhadra) and Devadalana (Subhadra) is one of the major festivals of Hindus. Stay with us as we bring you all the live updates onÂ 141stÂ annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath.