Lakhs of Devotees throng Puri to witness World famous Ratha Jatra

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Nation First News:  Lakhs of devotees on Thursday thronged holy town of Puri, to witness the world famous Ratha Jatra (Car Festival) of Holy Trinity – Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra.

While 10,000 police personnel have been deployed and CCTV cameras have been installed on the Badadanda or the Grand Road, the Indian Coast Guard were instructed to look after Air and Sea surveillance for the security of devotees.

The Mangala Alati was conducted at 6 AM while the Pahandi rituals of of trinities to their respective chariots in a ceremonial procession began at 8:30 AM today.

The schedule for the following rituals is as follows:
• Mangala Alati – 6 AM
• Mailama – 6.10 AM
• Tadapalagi and Rosa Homa – 6.30 AM
• Abakash ritual, Surya Puja and Dwarapala puja – 7.00 AM onwards
• Besha Sesha – 7.30 AM
• Gopala Ballahav, Khechudi Bhoga – 8 AM
• Pahandi – 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
• Ratha Pratistha – 9 AM
• Mangalarpana – 9.15 AM
• Entry of Madan Mohan – 12.30 PM to 1 PM
• Chitalagi – 1.30 PM to 2 PM
• Chhera Pahanra – 2 PM to 3 PM
• Chariot pulling – 4 PM onwards

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