Rath Yatra begins in Puri

June 24th, 2009 - 12:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Puri (Orissa) June 24 (ANI): The world famous weeklong Rath yatra of Lord Jagannath started this morning in Puri in Orissa.The thousand-year-old annual chariot festival is one of the world’s largest surviving holy celebrations.More than 10 lakh people from all over the world are expected to reach this Coastal town, to watch the three gorgeous chariots of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balbhadra.Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the temple town.The coast gurad has also been put on high alert along the Bay of Bengal to face any challenges from the sea route.The Indian Railway has arranged 60 special trains from all over the country to Puri on this occasion. (ANI)

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