Mrunal Manmay Dash

Jashodaben, the wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Puri on Tuesday to avail the darshan of Lord Jagannath at the Adapa Mandap.

She was accompanied by senior journalist Kishore Dwivedi, her brother Ashok Modi and social activist Arundhati Devi.

They arrived in Puri at around 10 AM today and had darshan of Lord Jagannath before moving to Srimandir to see the ‘Parsva Devadevis (other deities)’. She later visited the Sun temple at Konark and Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar.

She left Bhubaneswar in the evening.

Puri is preparing for the Bahuda Yatra on Wednesday (tomorrow), the homecoming of Lord Jagannath and his siblings- Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra. The deities will return in their respective grand chariots which will be pulled by devotees from Gundicha temple to Srimandir.

Meanwhile, lakhs of devotees had darshan of the deities at Gundicha temple today. The last darshan of Lord Jagannath and his siblings at the Adapa Mandapa popularly known as the Sandhya Darshan began at 7am today at the Gundicha temple. To streamline various rituals for the Bahuda Yatra, the Sandhya Darshan was allowed only up to 5 pm today.

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