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Raipur Rath Yatra, CM performs 'Chherapahara', seeks blessings of deity for Chhattisgarh


As in Odisha, Rath Yatra was also carried out in Raipur

As in Odisha, Rath Yatra was also carried out in Raipur from Gayatri Nagar based temple. Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai performed 'Chherapahara' where the route for Bhagwan Jagannath is cleaned using a golden broom.

CM Sai prayed for blessings of Lord Jagannath for the state of Chhattisgarh. He noted that deity is especially merciful to the farmers and hoped for bumper harvest in the state amid the ongoing monsoon season. Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai says, "Today is the Rath Yatra. We are fortunate to perform the ritualistic worship of Lord Jagannath, Balbhadra Swami and Mata Subhadra here at the Raipur Jagannath Temple and there is a lot of enthusiasm here on such an occasion... We have prayed to Lord Jagannath that there should be good rain in Chhattisgarh, there should be good grain production, our farmers should be happy, and everyone's life should be prosperous and joyful...."

Odisha is renowned for the Rath Yatra, and as a neighbouring state, Chhattisgarh has been significantly influenced by this tradition. At the Rath Yatra ceremony conducted today, customary rituals were performed and special prayers were offered to Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra, and sister Subhadra. According to the temple priests, this event symbolizes an unbreakable bond between the cultures of Utkal and Dakshin Kosal. It is believed that the original abode of Lord Jagannath is Shivrinarayan in Chhattisgarh, from where He later moved to Jagannath Puri. Shivrinarayan is also significant as the place where Lord Shri Ram tasted the sweet berries offered by Mata Shabari in the Treta Yuga. Presently, the temple of Nar-Narayan stands at this location.