Ravinder Kaplish: Thousands of devotees took part in 17th Lord Jagannath Rathyatra, which started from the Durga Mata temple here this afternoon. Before the start of the yatra, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab (India) Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed a huge gathering and exhorted the youth to stay away from drugs and take part in sports. He asked parents to motivate their children to attend such religious events and stay away from drugs.H.H.Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja,GBC and BBT Trustee presented momento to the chief guest. Apart from others HH Vedavyasapriya Swami(ACBSP), HH Navyogendra Maharaj , HH Pravodhanand Sarswati Maharaj ,HG Mahaman das (ACBSP), Zonal Secretary, ,HG Sakshi Gopal das,HG Mahamantra das were present.
Devotees were seen scrambling for a glimpse of the decorative rath, in which Lord Jagannath,Baladeva and Subhadra were present. After starting from the Durga Mata temple, the rath yatra passed through Club Road, Fountain Chowk, Rani Jhansi Road, Ghumar Mandi, Aarti Cinema and Ferozpur Road, and culminated at the Durga Mata temple, Sarabha Nagar. Roads were decorated with flowers and lights.
These roads were closed for traffic for the rath yatra. Devotees sang and danced to the tunes of Krishna bhajans. Stalls of eatables were set up by devotees on both sides of roads through which the rath yatra passed. Devotees, including senior citizens and children, jostled with one another to get a glimpse of the rath. Rathyatra mahotsav committee left no stone unturned to make the yatra a grand success.
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