Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wished the nation on the occasion of Rath Yatra.
“On the occasion of Rath Yatra, my warmest greetings to you all. May Lord Jagannath continue to shower his blessings on everyone,” he tweeted.
“May the blessings of Lord Jagannath lead to development of villages, well-being of poor & farmers and take India to new heights of progress,” he added.
The world famous Rath Yatra or chariot festival of Lord Jagannath will begin today at Puri in Odisha amid tight security.
The three gigantic colourfully decked up wooden chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra have been kept ready near the Jagannath temple to be pulled by ropes by thousands of devotees.
Rath Yatra is an annual celebration, marking the annual journey of the deities from the 12th century Jagannath Temple in the chariots to the temple of Devi Gundicha, their aunt.
The celebration ends nine days later with Bahuda Yatra or return journey to their temple, which will take place on July 14.
Meanwhile, in Ahmedabad, the 139th edition of Lord Jagannath’s rath yatra began today amid tight security. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah offered his prayers at the Jgannath Temple here.