Bhubaneswar: The three chariots, Taladhwaja of Lord Balabhadra, Deba Dalana of Mata Subhadra and Nandighosha of Lord Jagannath have reached Singhadwara in Puri of Odisha.
Even though the pilgrim city received heavy downpour in the afternoon, pulling of the chariots continued and all the three holy chariots of deities have reached in front of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri this evening.
After completing their nine-day sojourn to Gundicha temple, their Janma bedi (birthplace), the deities on their respective chariots reached near the Singhadwara.
Today morning after the morning rituals, the trinity were brought out of the Gundicha temple in pahandi amid loud chants of “Jai Jagannath, Hari Bola” and noises of conches and ‘ghantas’ by thousands of ‘Sevayats’.
Lord Sudarsan was the first to be brought out of the temple followed by Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and finally Lord Jagannath.
Following Chhera Panhara by Gajapati Maharaj of Puri Dibyasingh Deb, pulling of the three gigantic chariots was started by the servitors around 12.20 p.m. On the way, the trinity halted at the Mausi Maa temple where ‘poda pitha’ was offered to them.
Before reaching the Srimandir, Lord Jagannath’s chariot was also halted in front of the palace of Gajapati Maharaja, where the ‘Lakshmi-Narayana Bheta’ was performed.
First Taladhwaja, the chariot of Lord Balabhadra reached Singhadwara followed by Mata Subhadra’s Darpadalana and then, Nandighosha Ratha, the chariot of Lord Jagannath.
The festival was organised amid tight security in adherence to Covid norms. Curfew has been imposed on the Grand Road since Monday night while CCTVs and drone cameras have been installed to keep a close eye on the event.
Following successful completion of the Bahuda Yatra, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday thanked everybody for their cooperation for which the world famous event could be completed amid Covid restrictions.
The CM praised the servitors for executing the rituals properly and timely along with showing their devotion. He also thanked the Srimandira administration, Police, District administration, Fire Services Department and Puri Municipality. All of these entities kept proper coordination with each other and hence made successful the world famous Ratha yatra of Lord Jagannath, the CM said.
Due to Covid restrictions devotees did not participated in Rath Yatra. However, they watched the world famous event at their homes. The CM thanked the Public Relation Dept for making the required arrangement.
And above all, the CM thanked residents of Puri for their cooperation by abiding the Covid restrictions during these nine days.
Also, Odisha DGP thanked the Police personnel deployed on Bahuda yatra and residents of Puri. Taking to Twitter the DGP wrote, “My compliments to all ranks of Odisha Police deployed on Bahuda Yatra duty. My thanks to all Puri residents for their cooperation.”