Puri, 29 June-2014: World famous Ratha Yatra of Lord Jaggnath begins at Puri with tight security. More than 10 lakh devotees gathered at Puri to witness Ratha Yatra and pull the chariots of trinity god. The footfall of devotees expected to cross more than 18 lakh by evening.
The temple administration said the ceremonial ‘Pahandi’ is scheduled to begin at 9 am and completed by 12 pm. Gajapati Maharaja Dibya Singha Deb, the foremost servitor of the Lord, will perform the ‘Cherra Pahanra’ on the three chariots between 1 pm and 2 pm.
Elaborate security arrangements are in place to make the rath yatra incident-free. More than 6,000 security personnel have been deployed. Total 104 platoons of armed force, 1,000 officers of various ranks, 2,000 Home Guards, two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Special Operation Group each and several tactical units would be deployed for smooth conduct of the annual Rath Yatra.
Several teams of bomb detection and disposal units would also be pressed into service. This apart contingency plans have been chalked out for any emergency. Vessels and choppers of the Coast Guard would patrol the coast area. 300 trained Nolias (life guards) would be deployed along the beach to prevent drowning of pilgrims in sea. CCTV cameras have already been installed at 21 locations along the Badadanda and other strategic places, while experienced police officers would monitor visuals from the Town police station control room. A number of police check posts would operate along the Puri–Bhubaneswar, Puri-Brahmagiri and Puri- Konark routes.
More than 400 private and Government-owned special buses would run on Puri route for Rath Yatra. The buses carrying passengers would come from different parts of the State to reach Puri town, official sources said.
According to reports, over 350 private buses and more than 48 buses of the Odisha State Road Transportation Corporation (OSRTC) would ply in the Puri route. “Essential services like drinking water facility will be available in the buses,” said OSRTC DGM Sudhir Ku
The Doordarshan Kendra, Bhubaneswar will live telecast the Gundicha Yatra on Sunday and the Bahuda Yatra and Sunavesh on July 7 and 8, respectively.
A total of 10 special digital cameras would be installed to telecast the entire view of the Gundicha and Bahuda Yatra on the grand road. It would be telecasted directly on the DD-Odia from 8.30 am and on national network from 9 am onwards. Besides, the Sunavesh will also be broadcast live on DD-Odia from 4pm to 8 pm with a break from 6.30 pm to 6.45 pm.
The commentary will be in Hindi, English and Sanskrit for national telecast and in Odia for regional telecast. Doordarshan Directorate has made arrangements to carry out the live telecast of Sri Gundicha Yatra on DD-Bharati and DD-India for satellite viewers in the country as well as international viewers.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)