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World-famous Rath Yatra commences in Puri; PM Modi and Odisha's CM greet people
In the afternoon today, after all the religious ceremonies since the dawn being completed, the world famous Rath Yatra in Odisha's Puri district commenced with devotion and piety amid tight security.

The occasion marks the journey of Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and younger sister Goddess Subhadra to their aunt's house in three different chariots. The religious event is being attended by several lakh people from India and abroad.

In the Gundicha Temple, the three deities stay for nine days. Thereafter, the deities again ride the chariots back to Shri Mandir. On the way back, the three chariots halt at the Mausi Maa Temple and the deities are offered Poda Pitha - the poor man's food.

Both, the Indian PM Narender Modi, and Odisha's CM Naveen Patnaik, extended their greetings to the people. "On the occasion of Rath Yatra, my warmest greetings to you all. May Lord Jagannath continue to shower his blessings on everyone," tweeted Modi.

Modi also sought blessings of Lord Jagannath for development of the country saying, "May the blessings of Lord Jagannath lead to development of villages, well-being of poor and farmers and take India to new heights of progress."

CM of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, while greeting people tweeted, "Heartfelt greetings on this joyous & most auspicious occasion of #RathaJatra. Jai Jagannath!"

Presently, the Ratha Yatra festival has become a common sight in most major cities of India and a few cities of the world through the ISKCON Hare Krishna movement.

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