Screengrab from the video showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi participating in a rath yatra in Gujarat
On the occasion of the commencement of the annual Jagannath Yatra from today in Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only greeted people but also posted a video on his Twitter, showing him participating in one such Yatra in Ahmedabad. Interestingly, after Puri, the second biggest Yatra is held in Gujarat.
Rath Yatra greetings to everyone. As we celebrate this sacred occasion, may the divine journey of Lord Jagannath fill our lives with health, happiness and spiritual enrichment. pic.twitter.com/ATvXmW3Yr0
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 20, 2023
Along with the footage, the PM wrote: “Rath Yatra greetings to everyone. As we celebrate this sacred occasion, may the divine journey of Lord Jagannath fill our lives with health, happiness and spiritual enrichment.”
Usually celebrated in June and July, the Yatra starts when Lord Jagannath and his elder brother, Lord Balabhadra and younger sister Devi Subhadra give darshan to the public in raths and visit Gundicha Temple. They stay in Gundicha Temple for nine days.
Lakhs of devotees pull the three majestic chariots that are parked in front of the Singha Dwar of Jagannath Temple.