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All set to celebrate Nabakalebara rath Jatra as a Global Event #Odisha #Nabakalebara #RathaJatra

Puri, Jul 17 (PTI) With this pilgrim town all set for the century’s first Nabakalebara Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath tomorrow, Odisha government today said it is prepared for the smooth conduct of the festival amid fear of a downpour due to a cyclonic formation over the state.

“We are working with devotion. All including chariots,All set to celebrate Nabakalebara rath Jatra as a Global Event #Odisha #Nabakalebara #RathaJatra devotees, police and administration are ready for the grand festival. We hope it will be smooth with the grace of the Lord,” Odisha Law Minister Arun Sahoo told reporters.

While the administration is expecting about 30 lakh pilgrims tomorrow, police have deployed about 10,000 personnel besides tightening security in land, air and sea.

“Police are well prepared to face any situation.

Besides engagement of many senior officers, 164 platoons of force have been deployed at strategic points. Precautions have been taken to avoid a stampede like situation,” said IGP and officer on special duty Soumendra K Priyadarshi.

Meanwhile, the IMD predicted that a cyclonic circulation may take the shape of a low pressure in the next 48 hours resulting in heavy rains in most parts of the state.

As the Deities remained indoors for 45 days this time due to Nabakalebara (change of bodies of the Lords), there is lot of enthusiasm among devotees.

About five lakh pilgrims from different states have reached the holy town, district officials said.

A large number of people reached the newly constructed bus terminus at Malatipatapur near here. The visitors are provided free bus service from the terminus to the town. 27 parking lots have been constructed for parking of vehicles.

Over 500 hotels, 200 lodges, 100 mutts and dharmasalas will accommodate visitors besides state government’s temporary shelters. “The state government has set up 33 Nabakalebara villages across the town to accommodate the tourists,” said tourism and culture secretary Arabinda Kumar Padhee.

Arrangements have also been made for facilities like health service, drinking water and sanitation.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Mahesh Sharma, Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram, and state ministers are scheduled to visit the town to witness the Nabakalebara Rath Yatra being held after 19 years. The last Nabakalebara festival was held in 1996.

More than 200 CCTV cameras have been fitted across the city with an integrated surveillance control room near the Jagannath Temple.