Vikash Sharma

Spirituality has gripped Odisha with people soaking in the devotion of Lord Jagannath who is embarking on the annual sojourn, popularly called as Rath Yatra.

The festival is being celebrated in a grand manner in Puri and this year’s Rath Yatra assumes much significance as devotees are participating in the grand event after a gap of almost two years.

The public participation in Rath Yatra (2020 and 2021) was stopped owing to the Covid-19 restrictions.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra today.

“Best wishes to all on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath. I pray for peace, happiness and prosperity in everyone’s life with the blessings of Mahaprabhu Jagannath,” tweeted President Kovind.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to greet the people of the nation on Rath Yatra. “Greetings on the special day of Rath Yatra. We pray to Lord Jagannath for his constant blessings. May we all be blessed with good health and happiness,” tweeted Modi.

Recently, during his address to nation through radio programme, ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi had said, “Lord Jagannath conveys many deeply human messages through his journey during the world-famous Rath Yatra.”

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “Wishes to all on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra.”

BJP national president JP Nadda and BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda also conveyed their wishes on Rath Yatra.

“Best wishes to all on the auspicious Jagannath Rath Yatra which has religious, cultural and spiritual importance,” tweeted Nadda.

“Heartiest greetings and best wishes to all on the occasion of Rath Yatra. I pray for peace and prosperity for all,” tweeted the BJP VP.