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Amit Shah performs ‘aarti’ at Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad ahead of Rath Yatra

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah performed ‘aarti’ at the Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad early on Monday morning (July 12, 2021) before the annual Rath Yatra set off from the temple. The Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad has been beautifully decorated in preparation for the Rath Yatra. According to a report by ANI, heavy security has been deployed in the vicinity of the temple.

The Union Home Minister, who is on a three-day visit to his home state of Gujarat, took part in Lord Jagannath’s rath yatra in Ahmedabad today and will be hosting a number of programmes later in the day, according to the official schedule.

Immediately following his participation in the ‘Mangla aarti’ at the Lord Jagannath temple, Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Nardipur village in the Gandhinagar district to launch a number of government initiatives.

Meanwhile, the preparations for the Lord Jagannath’s second consecutive Ratha Yatra in Puri without the presence of devotees had been completed. The administration has placed curbs along the 3-kilometer-long Grand Road, which runs from Shree Jagannath Temple to Sri Gunducha Temple, and has prohibited all activities, with the exception of medical emergencies.

According to the reports, security forces will be stationed on the rooftops of various buildings on both sides of the grand road, where the Rath Yatra will take place, in order to ensure that people do not congregate in large numbers to witness the festival from the residences, hotels, lodges, and guest houses along the route.

Although there were no restrictions on people watching the Ratha Jatra from rooftops last year, the administration decided to prohibit the practise this year after it was discovered that some hotels, lodges, and guest houses were booking rooms with the provision of allowing people to watch the festival from the rooftop.

Puri district collector Samarth Verma also appealed to the public not to come out of their homes during the curfew period, which runs from 8 pm Sunday to 8 pm Tuesday, in order to avoid creating a traffic jam on the grand road.

He also stated that the public will be able to watch the festival on their television sets because the government and administration have made arrangements to provide free of charge feed to various television channels and web portals, among other things.

(With agency inputs)

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