Rath Yatra 2024: Odisha CM Majhi chairs review meeting

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi on Sunday reviewed the arrangements for the annual Rath Yatra celebrations going to be held on July 7.

Law Minister Prithiviraj Harichandan, Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena, Director General of Police Arun Kumar Sarangi, and Director Intelligence, Saumendra Priyadarsi briefed CM Majhi about the arrangements, the rituals of the Snana Yatra and Rath Yatra.

Snana Yatra, also known as ‘Devasnana Purnima’, is the auspicious bathing ritual of Lord Jagannath and the sibling deities. Snana Purnima falls on June 22 this year while the world famous ‘Rath Yatra’ of the holy trinity will be held on July 7.

“The Chief Minister was briefed about the detailed procedure of the rituals and arrangements for the grand annual festival of Rath Yatra by Chief Secretary Jena, DGP Sarangi, and Director Intelligence Priyadarsi. The government will hold meetings with the sevayats and other stakeholders in the coming days for the smooth conduct of the festival this year,” said Harichandan.

Regarding the heavy rush of devotees at Srimandir, the Law Minister commented, “No issues have been observed; the crowd is due to the continuous holidays. Everyone’s cooperation is essential, and we expect things to become more streamlined in the coming days.