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PTI / The Hindu /AHMEDABAD, July 3, 2011.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi performs worship of Lord Jagannath, Balbhadra and Subhadra at Lord Jagannath temple on the eve of the annual Rathyatra festival in Ahmedabad on Saturday - PTI.
The 134th Rathyatra of Lord Jagannath began here this morning from the 400-year-old Jagannath temple in Jamalpur area amidst tight security as devotees jostled to have the first glimpse of the deity.
Following the tradition, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi did the symbolic ‘road cleaning’ ahead of passage of chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balram and their sister, Subhadra.
“With Lord Jagannath’s blessing the country and Gujarat would prosper. The lord will bless the under-privileged, the state, and the farmers of Gujarat with rains,” he said.
He noted that Lord Jagannath’s Rathyatra is taken out at 110 places in Gujarat, and the procession in Ahmedabad has the longest tradition.
A local priest, Mahant Dilipdas Maharaj (37), is presiding over the Lord’s journey this year.
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