Rath Yatra 2018: An Extra Day For Darshan Of Deities On Chariots, Devotees Ecstatic

**Puri**: The rains have brought happiness to devotees of the Holy Trinity, as the three Lords will not be taken inside the Gundicha Temple today thus giving the devotees a chance to witness the divine spectacle of Lord Jagannath and His siblings seated in the magnificent Raths for an extra day.

Police have tightened the security arrangements around the three chariots parked outside the Gundicha temple for the smooth conduct of the rituals. The ‘Adapa Mandap Bije’ of the deities would be held by tomorrow evening, informed the servitors.

Lord Jagannath’s Nandighosha chariot reached his aunt’s abode amidst beating of gongs and frenzied ecstasy today. Though the chariots of Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra had reached Gundicha temple yesterday, Lord Jagannath’s chariot had halted midway near Balagandi chhak. The deity spent the whole night on the chariot at the ‘Bada Danda’ with devotees getting a darshan of the Lord.

Now that the chariot has reached its destination, Shree Jaganath Temple Administration (SJTA) officials informed that the Trinity will be taken inside Gundicha temple in the ceremonial ‘pahandi’ tomorrow after completion of several rituals today. The opportunity to see the Holy Trinity seated on the opulent Raths for one more night has spelled joy for the devotees.

“All the rituals were done on time and I am glad that the selfless hard work of the servitors has paid off. This year’s Rath Yatra was a great success. The Lord’s blessings are always with his devotees”, said Ramkrushna Das Mahapatra, President of Daitapati Niyog.

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