Bhubaneswar, Jan, 8: The Shree Mandir Parikrama Rath ( Arpan Rath) has started rolling in Puri from today ahead of the inauguration of Puri Jagannath Temple Heritage corridor project on January 17.
The decorated van started rolling from Nrusingh Temple of Saradhabali to various wards of Puri Municipality today. In the presence of additional district magistrate Kailash Chandra Nayak and executive officer Saroj Swain, the Rath moved toward wards no-1 & 2 and wards no- 16 & 17 followed by Sankirtan Mandali’s religious procession. They have started collecting rice (Anna) and betel nut ( Gua) from the citizens of Puri.
Similarly, Shree Mandira Parikrama Rath has also started rolling in the Capital city of Bhubaneswar from today. It will cover all 67 wards of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation ( BMC).
One chariot each will roll in three wards. All together 22 chariots have been scheduled to move around the BMC area. They will go around the city along with a religious procession in the allotted wards to collect rice ( Anna) and betel nut ( Gua). Sankirtan team will follow the chariot from door to door.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation additional Commissioner Mayur Vikash said three temples each in three BMC zones have been selected from where the chariot will start rolling at 9 am.
“The chariot will move till January 13. A vehicle carrying a container will follow each chariot to store the collected rice and betel nuts to be taken to the Shree Jagannath temple “ he said.