Jagannath Rath Yatra starts in Ahmedabad amid much fanfare


The 139th rath yatra of Lord Jagannath today commenced on it's 15 km journey in the walled city here amid tight security arrangements even as lakhs of devotees queued up to have a glimpse of the deity. The procession of rath yatra comprise 18 decorated elephants, 101 trucks, around 30 religious congregations and around 20 singing troupes. (Express photo by Satish Jha)

#Rathyatra2016: The celebration of the holy Hindu festival is done in a grand manner in the Jagannath Puri temple, one of the four Hindu shrines, in Odisha.

Participants performing yoga in the procession. (Express photo by Satish Jha)

#Rathyatra2016: Few supporters of Patidar reservation movement in the procession. (Express photo by Satish Jha)

Rath Yatra is an annual celebration, marking the annual journey of the deities from the 12th century Jagannath Temple in the chariots to the temple of Devi Gundicha, their aunt. (Express photo by Satish Jha)

The celebration ends nine days later with Bahuda Yatra or return journey to their temple, which will take place on July 14. (Express photo by Satish Jha)

Hundreds of devotees flock to the beach Ahmedabad during the celebration.