Rain greets Jagannath Temple in Ranchi,CM wishes devotees
By Abha Manakatala - Fri Jul 17, 12:41 pm
Jagannath Temple in the state capital,starts on Saturday.
Despite the rain,many devotees were present on the temple premises to take part in the journey.Priests were busy chanting mantras while shopkeepers were stocking on goods and souvenirs for visitors.
“We are through with all the preparations. We are anxiously waiting for the journey to begin,” said Rameswar Padhi, the priest of the Jagannathpur Temple. Padhi’s forefathers belong to Orissa and have been serving at Jagannathpur Temple since 1967. He said his team would perform the ritual during the rath yatra and has rehearsed the mantras.
The chariot of the lord has also has been decorated.It is parked near the temple waiting for the lord to head towards his “mausi badi” with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra.
On the mela grounds, celebrations have already begun. Devotees, apart from shopkeepers who have come from distant places to sell traditional sweets and articles, have arranged their stalls.
Traditional sweets like khaja, gaja, jalebi, coconut laddus and pitha are arranged for visitors to buy. Villagers have also brought traditional weapons like bows and arrows, knives, swords and axes to sell at the fair. Pet birds and animals would also be sold.
Fun rides like the giant wheel are set to entertain children. Children’s stalls are stocked with toys, dolls and balloons. The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) made arranged the drinking water facility.
The district administration has also formed a team to attend to any emergency situation. Similarly, the Sadar Hospital has formed a team of doctors and para-medical staff to attend to the medical needs of the devotees. “Our doctors’ team has been instructed to ensure that no devotees, who needs urgent medical help, remains unattended,” said Gita Kanth, a civil surgeon.
The sadar hospital team will also put stalls for medical awareness. Handouts about various diseases would be distributed. The administration also has also arranged three fire brigades.
The journey is scheduled to begin at 4pm tomorrow.
This evening Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das wished the people and congratulated them for the festival.
He said,Lord Jagannath is the heritage of Indian culture.”In the background of this great culture,we should energise ourselves and contribute toward the development of the state and the country”,said the CM in a statement.
Das also prayed for the happiness and development of the people of the state.