JAMMU, July 1: The lord Jagannath Rath Yatra was taken out with full religious fervour and gaiety here, today. Thousands of devotees including men, women and children attired in colourful costumes participated in the Rath Yatra which was taken out from outer gate of M A Stadium which passed via Vinayak Bazar, Jewel Chowk, Sant Peter School, K C Cinema road, Maheshpora Chowk, Bakshi Nagar, Vishal Mega Mart, Gurudwara Road, Rehari Chowk, J K Board, Rajpora, Kali Mata Mandir, Tope Sherkhania, Kamla Palace road, Talab Tillo road, Gole Pulli and culminated at Sedeshwar Mandir, Vikas Lane.
Another rath yatra was taken from Trikuta Nagar and Gandhi Nagar area of the city and after passing through various markets it culminated at Chhani.
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The devotees participating in the rath yatra were dancing to the tune of drum beats and were singing bhajans in the praise of Lord Jagannath enroute. Besides Jammu, the devotees from Orissa and other parts of the country also participated in this historical Rath yatra.
It is a belief among the Hindus that the people who participate in the yatra and have darshan of Lord Jagannath attain Moksha (emancipation). The yatra was organised by Shri Jagannath Sewa Sansthan Trust Jammu. The devotees were taking the Sawari of Lord Jagannath on a specially decorated rath on their shoulders and people enroute had come in large numbers on roads to pay obeisance to lord. The devotees displaying religious flags were cleaning the road from where the yatra proceeded. The authorities had also made elaborate arrangements and the traffic was diverted to other routes for smooth conduct of yatra. The authorities had also made adequate security arrangements to avert any untoward incident during the yatra.