Highlights from Jagannath Rath Yatra 2023: A balcony fall in Ahmedabad results in one death and five injuries

Highlights of the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra in 2023: Today, Gujarat and Odisha commemorate the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra with fervour, dedication, and excitement.
Highlights from Jagannath Rath Yatra 2023: A balcony fall in Ahmedabad results in one death and five injuries

On Tuesday, devotees swarm Puri to participate in the Rath Yatra festival of Lord Jagannath.

Gandhinagar, 20 June Gujarat Tuesday in Ahmedabad, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel ignites Lord Jagannath's chariot to mark the start of the Rath Yatra.

In the one that Jai Makwana is organising, a robot drives a motor chariot that pulls a Lord Jagannath idol.

Livestream of the 2023 Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra: The Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra is a significant annual festival conducted in Puri, Odisha. A chariot celebration honouring Lord Jagannath is held every year. Devotees from all over the nation go to the state and the temple town during the Puri Rath Yatra 2023, which begins on June 20. Gujarat also celebrates the renowned Rath Yatra Festival, in addition to Odisha. After the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, the Ahmedabad "Ratha Yatra" Festival is regarded as the second-largest Rath Yatra in the nation.

On her birthday, President Murmu visits the Delhi Jagannath Temple.
On her birthday, President Droupadi Murmu visited Jagannath Mandir in the nation's capital's Hauz Khas neighbourhood on Tuesday.

At the same time, President Murmu spoke with them at the Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust in Delhi and Kalyan Kendra in the President's Estate.

Live coverage of Jagannath Rath Yatra 2023: Five spectators are hurt and one man dies in Ahmedabad
On the route of the yearly Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra procession, a balcony of a run-down house collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, killing one man and injuring five others, according to the police. According to inspector J S Chaudhary of the Dariapur police station, some of the injured were watching the chariot parade from the second-storey balcony while others were standing below.

LIVE in 2023: See images of the celebration wave
In the seaside pilgrimage town of Puri, Odisha, a tidal wave of people carried enormous chariots of Jagannath, Lord of the Earth, and his two siblings ahead to their alternate dwelling about 2.5 kilometres distant.

LIVE at Jagannath Rath Yatra 2023: "Pahind Vidhi" by Guj CM
A vigil of over 26,000 security officers are present during the 146th Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, which is taking place on Tuesday in Ahmedabad. Thousands of worshippers have come to the 18-km path of the great procession to see the deity.

According to a senior police official, the Gujarat police have employed 3D mapping technology for the first time during the Rath Yatra to monitor the whole route. They have also deployed anti-drone equipment to ensure that no unauthorised drones are used during the event.

In the morning, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel carried out "Pahind Vidhi," a symbolic tradition in which he used a golden broom to clear the path for the chariots. The 400-year-old Jagannath Temple in the Jamalpur region served as the starting point for the yatra after which Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra, and their sister Subhadra departed in their chariots.

Robo Rath Yatra of a Vadodara man, Jagannath Rath Yatra 2023 LIVE
A Vadodara resident who is well renowned for his environmentally friendly Rath Yatra went one step further this time and made the motor for his "Robo Rath Yatra" chariot solar-powered.

A guy in Vadodara has been organising a chariot parade of his own to mark the start of the renowned Rath Yatra in Odisha's Puri every year for the past nine years.

The Rath Yatra organised by Jai Makwana uses a robot to power a motor chariot that carries an idol of Lord Jagannath, in contrast to the traditional Rath Yatras in Puri and the one in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where majestic chariots on which the deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra are pulled by a large number of devotees.

5 injured devotees were transported to hospitals during the Jagannath Rath Yatra in 2023.
At Marichkote Chhak, where Lord Balabhdara's chariot was passing, some people reportedly fell during the car pulling. According to officials, five of them were immediately taken to a hospital for treatment using a special green corridor built for transporting patients from the congested route to medical facilities and hospitals elsewhere.

Three chariots arrive at the Gundicha shrine during the Jagannath Rath Yatra in 2023.
Huge chariots of Jagannath, Lord of the Earth, and his two siblings were pushed on Tuesday by a human tide from a 12th-century stone temple in the centre of this seaside pilgrimage town to their alternate home, which is about 2 kilometres away, according to PTI.

The three approximately 45-foot-tall wooden chariots of Lords Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Lady Subhadra were pushed by thousands of bare-chested men, their muscles sparkling in the setting sun, as thousands more people flocked to touch, worship, or simply observe the massive parade.

LIVE in 2023: Jagannath Rath Yatra Did you know that every year, new chariots are made?
Every year, new chariots are created to carry Lord Jagannath, his siblings, brother Balabhadra (Balarama), and sister Subhadra. Frequently, traditional carpenters without professional training build these chariots. They haven't even gone to school for many of them.

For the rath yatra, three enormous chariots are built from scratch each year by traditional carpenters.

According to Sudarshan Mekap, the chariots' keeper, a group of artisans in Puri create enormous, identical chariots for Lord Jagannath and his two siblings every year without the aid of manuals, architectural blueprints, or contemporary machinery.

Livestream of the 2023 Jagannath Rath Yatra: Train Min Meeting Shankara of Puri
Ashwini Vaishnav, the federal minister for railways, and Dharmendra Pradhan, the union minister, travelled to the holy city of Puri on Tuesday as the Rath Yatra got underway. There, they visited Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati and asked for his blessings.

"I joined the many devotees in Puri for the #RathYatra. Upon Mahaprabhu's feet, prostrate yourself. May the All-Powerful bless us all and direct us towards "Sanmarg." Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, "Jai Jagannath."