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Odisha CM announces two-day holiday for Rath Yatra

The Chief Minister said President Droupadi Murmu is scheduled to participate in the Rath Yatra celebrations.
Last Updated : 02 July 2024, 09:52 IST

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi on Tuesday announced a two-day holiday for the upcoming Rath Yatra on July 7 and 8, marking a special occasion after 53 years.

Chairing a high-level meeting to review preparations for the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings in Puri, Majhi highlighted the significance of this rare two-day festival, last observed in 1971.

He emphasised the blessings and auspicious timing of this event coinciding with the tenure of the new BJP government.

"As the Rath Yatra will span two days, I direct the officers concerned to declare public holidays on these days," Majhi said, urging all officials to ensure the festival's smooth execution to uphold the pride of Puri and Odisha.

The Chief Minister said President Droupadi Murmu is scheduled to participate in the Rath Yatra celebrations.

She is likely to arrive in Puri on July 6 evening and participate in the festival and chariot pulling on July 7.

Given the convergence of key rituals like ‘Nabajaubana Darshan’, ‘Netra Utsav’, and the ‘Gundicha Yatra’ on July 7th, Majhi called for collective cooperation from stakeholders to facilitate timely rituals and the successful culmination of the festival.

The meeting, attended by two Deputy Chief Ministers, K V Singh Deo and Pravati Parida, along with several ministers and senior officials, marked the final coordination meeting for the smooth conduct of the Rath Yatra.

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Published 02 July 2024, 09:52 IST

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