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World famous ten-day Jagannath Rath Yatra festival commences in Puri, leaders greet people for peace and prosperity
World famous ten-day Jagannath Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival began in Odisha's Puri town on July 4. Several lakh devotees and visitors joined the celebrations that marked the journey of the three Hindu deities on chariots who are revered as Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. The giant chariots carrying the three deities to the temple of Devi Gundicha were pulled by the devotees.

The Gundicha temple is dedicated to the Deities' aunt and is located three kilometres away from the Jagannath temple. The three chariots that carried the deities are called Nandighosh, Taladhwaj and Padmadhwaja.

On the occasion of the Rath Yatra on July 4, President Ramnath Kovind, greeted fellow men by tweeting: "Greetings and good wishes to fellow citizens on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra. May the blessings of Lord Jagannath bring peace, happiness and prosperity to everyone's lives #PresidentKovind"

Prime Minister Narender Modi tweeted, "Best wishes to everyone on the special occasion of the Rath Yatra. We pray to Lord Jagannath and seek his blessings for the good health, happiness and prosperity of everyone. Jai Jagannath."

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and the newly-elected Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan participated in ISKCON's Kolkata Rath Yatra and urged people to keep politics and religion apart for harmony and peace. "May Lord Jagannath bring in the best colours of success, prosperity and happiness to your life. Wishing you and your family blessed Rath Yatra!" tweeted Nusrat Jahan

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