Ahmedabad: As many as 1.5 lakh people were
served `Maha Bhoj` (prasad) in Saraspur locality here today as
part of the Rathyatra which culminates at the 400 year old
Lord Jagannath temple.
The yatra halts for around two hours in the area,
where devotees take prasad and then start off on the return
journey to the temple.
"Over a dozen pols (cluster of homes) in Saraspur have
established kitchens and made elaborate arrangements to serve
Maha Bhoj (prasad) to over 1.5 lakh devotees," BJP Corporator
from Saraspur Bhaskar Bhatt said.
"A few pols have made arrangements for sharbat, butter
milk (chaas), water and offered it to devotees who have to
traverse the 14 kilometre long route through the city," he
Over 5,000 volunteers rendered their services to make
this ceremony a success, informed the locals.
As per tradition `Mamera` (a gift from maternal uncle)
is given to Lord Jagannath on his arrival in Saraspur, a
custom where a person is selected to offer gifts to the Lord.
The person has to register about a decade ago to be
the lucky one to offer it to the Lord, the locals said.