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Police Chief Flags Off Jagannath Rath Yatra

by The Hindu

Posted January 20, 2006


RE-ENACTING SCENES: Children dressed up as Krishna and Radha during the rath yatra held in the city on Friday. - Photo: S. Thanthoni

CHENNAI: Hundreds of devotees from across the city and other parts of the country participated in the 23rd Jagannath rath yatra held in the city on Friday on the lines of the Puri yatra.

The Jeeyar of Ahobila Math Srimad Azhagiya Singar, and Jayapataka Swami, Bhanu Swami, Bhakti Vragendra Nanda and Bhakti Vikas Swami from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) took part in the launch.

The hydraulically-operated, yellow-and-red rath was drawn by devotees.

City police commissioner R. Nataraj, who was the chief guest, swept the road and pulled the rope to begin the yatra.

The yatra began from the entrance of Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore and made its way to Kuchalambal Kalyana Mahal where cultural programmes were held.

Jayapataka Swami, the governing body commissioner of ISKCON, said that this year the yatra was being held with a mission - building a temple for Lord Jagannath at Injambakkam.

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