132nd rathyatra of Lord Jagannath begins
The 132nd 'rathyatra' of Lord Jagannath began on Wednesday morning from Jagganath temple in Jamalpur area in Ahmedabad amidst tight security arrangements.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as per the traditions, did the symbolic cleaning of road, from where the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balram and their Sister Subhadra passes.
Thousands of devotees joined the procession as it started its journey through the 14-kilometre long route including some communally sensitive areas in the old city.
The 'rathyatra', oldest in the state, had devotees lined up alongside the chariots of Lord Jagannath, brother Balram and sister Shubhadra.
The yatra will have particiation of 18 decorated elephants, 98 decorated trucks apart from three big decorated chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balram and their sister Subhadra, which will be pulled by 1,000 devotees.
The main chariots are closely followed by colorfully adorned elephants, trucks, motor vehicles, pilgrims on foot, acrobats and gymnasts.
Unprecedented security arrangements has been made in the city for the smooth passing of the yatra, which is the first after the serial blasts last year.
Central paramilitary forces and state police have been deployed at various location in Ahmedabad, who are equipped with modern security gadgets.