Thousands of devotees today joined the rath yatra of Lord Jagannath, which began in Ahmedabad this morning from the Jagganath temple in Jamalpur amid tight security.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as per tradition, symbolically cleaned the road outside the temple, from where the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balram and their sister Subhadra will pass.
Thousands of devotees joined the procession as it started its journey through the 14-kilometre long route
including some communally sensitive areas, in old city.
The yatra, oldest in the state, had devotees lined up alongside the chariots of Lord Jagannath, brother Balram and
The yatra will see participation of 18 decorated elephants, 98 decorated trucks apart from three big decorated
raths of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balram and Subhadra, which will be pulled by 1,000 devotees.
The main chariots are closely followed by colourfully adorned elephants, trucks, motor vehicles, pilgrims on foot,
acrobats and gymnasts.
Over 14,000 policemen and 4500 home guard jawans have been deployed across the city.
Four Bomb Disposal Squads (BDS), nine Quick Response Teams, and 27 mobile police control room vans have also been deployed for the rathyatra in the city.