World famous Rath Yatra of Puri to be held today, Over 12 lakh devotees to join festival, Heavy rains forecasted

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Puri: World famous Rath Yatra of Puri to be held today, Over 12 lakh devotees are expected to join festival . The district administration and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) have made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the fete.

Heavy rains are likely to lash coastal and south Odisha under the influence of a cyclonic storm over north-bay of Bengal on Sunday, forecast the Regional Office of Indian Metrological Department (IMD) here on Saturday. The weather office further forecasted that the cyclonic storm is likely to develop into a low pressure over east-west parts of the sea in the next 48 hours.

Over tweleve lakh devotees are expected to join festival of the Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra who would be having a pleasure ride on three well-decorated chariots on the Grand Road.

The Lords would go on a nine-day sojourn to their aunt’s house at the Gundicha temple, located about three km along the Grand Road. After replacement of the axle of the Darpadalan Rath of Maa Subhadra, construction of all the three Ratha was completed and on Saturday evening, all the three chariots were decked with their respective coloured cloths and pulled from the Ratha Khalla (construction site) and placed at the Simhadwar (Lion’s Gate) of the temple.

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