Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on Saturday visited the 400 year-old Lord Jagannath temple here
on the eve of 134th Rathyatra (chariot journey of the Lord)
and paid obeisance to the deity.
During his visit, Modi took account of the preparations
of the Rathyatra and sought blessings of Mahant Dilipdas
Maharaj (37), who will preside over the Lord`s historic
Modi also participated in the evening prayers here and
prayed for rains in Gujarat.
"Spirituality is the identity of India and is manifested
through the medium of festivals in the nation. Rathyatra,
which is being taken out in Jagannath Puri and Ahmedabad for
more than a century, is a perfect example of it," Modi said.
Rathyatra or chariot festival is celebrated by Hindus on
the second day of Sukla Paksha (waxing cycle of moon) in the
month of Ashadh.
The yatra is an annual feature in Gujarat and is taken
on the day of `Ashadh Beej`, a day, on which, the famous Puri
rathyatra is also taken out.