Jagannath Rath Yatra begins

The annual Rath Jatra or Rath Yatra dedicated to Lord Jagannath begins on Thursday. Organised in Puri, Orissa, the chariot festival is celebrated for 15 days.

Puri: The world famous chariot festival or Rath Yatra dedicated to Lord Jagannath begins on Thursday. This annual festival is celebrated for 15 days.

The Odisha government has deployed 10,000 security personnel in this holy town for the annual Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath which will be attended by lakhs of people.

As many as 142 platoons of Odisha police, about 1,000 officers of various ranks, 2,450 home guards, three company of RAF, two units of ODRAF, one unit NDRF, three company OSAF besides eight anti-sabotage teams, a bomb disposal squad with sniffer dogs have been deployed in Puri, officials said.

Two ADGP rank officers, five IGPs and 1,000 commandant rank officers will supervise the security arrangements.

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