The nine day annual Jagannath Rath Yatra has commenced on Saturday in Puri, Odisha amid tight security and fanfare .
Lakhs of devotees from India as well as from around the globe have thronged the city of Puri to celebrate the festival, which is into its 141st year.
According to senior officials, elaborate security arrangements have been made for the festival to go on smoothly, 120 CCTV cameras have been installed at different locations , police officer’s are positioned on the routes where devotees have lined up to pull the chariot.
Prime Minster Narendra Modi extended his greetings on this occasion, “Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra. With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, may our country scale new heights of growth. May every Indian be happy and prosperous. Jai Jagannath!” PM tweeted.