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Devotees trickle into Puri to witness Trinity on chariot

 Finishing touches were given to the preparations for the Ratha Jatra tomorrow – the grand event at the Holy City Puri as lakhs of devotees trickled into the famous pilgrimage from all corners of the world where the Nabajauban Besha of the Trinity -- Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra – was conducted by servitors as per tradition today.

Traditional artists were busy painting fresh and glowing colours on the three chariot – Nandighosha, Taladhwaja Nandighosha and Darpdalan – as District Administration and Shree Jagannath Temple Administration officials reviewed the nitty gritties of the festival when the Lords will be on a nine-day sojourn to the Gundicha temple to provide an opportunity for a glimpse of the lords.

The body of the three chariots has since been draped with clothes of a hue of colours for the event when an estimated 15 lakh devotees will congregate in the city.
On the eve of the Rath Yatra, devotees had view of the three deities dressed gorgeously for Naba Jaubana Besha Darshan after recovering from illness since the Snan Jatra on Debasnan Purnima.
There will be CCTV surveillance on rituals that will be performed outside the temple. Nobody, including the servitors, will be allowed to touch the idols while the SJTA has been in constant touch with the servitors to ensure a smooth festival.
Nearly 50,000 policemen, under the supervision of four Inspector General rank officers will maintain a strict vigil on the proceedings directly supervised by District Magistrate Arvind Agarwal and SP Sarthak Sarangi.
A coast guard ship will also keep vigil on the sea front to avert any possible terror strike from sea route.
A few hours delay marred the conduct of the ‘Nabajouban’ darshan today as rain poured in the city.
Devotees waded through ankle deep rain water accumulated on Badadanda (Grand Road).
The Dasmohapatra servitors had completed the ‘Banakalagi’ ritual while there was a delay in the ‘Srimukha Sringar’.


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