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Jagannath rath yatra begins across India amidst tight security

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The annual rath yatra of Lord Jagannath begun across the country on Sunday amidst tight security. This is the 137th Rath Yatra that has begun in Ahmedabad with millions arriving in Puri for the grand event.
More than one million devotees from around the world are expected to participate in this colourful yatra to get a glimpse of Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra as they are brought out of the temple.
Explaining the reason behind the yatra, Soumendra Muduli, one of the priests overseeing the proceedings after the commencement of the yatra said, "The significance of the yatra is the Lord coming to his people".
The chariots in which the deities are carried, are pulled by thousands of devotees and taken to the Gundicha temple. The deities stay in this temple for a week and then return.

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