Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, June 29:
The chariots of the three deities—Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra— arrived at the Saradhabali near their destination Sri Gundicha temple this evening, as the Rath Yatra ended peacefully.
While the Taladhwaja chariot of Lord Balabhadra arrived at Saradhabali around 6 PM, the Darpadalana chariot of Devi Subhadra arrived five minutes later.
The Nandighosh chariot of Lord Jagannath was the last to reach the destination point.
Nearly eight lakh devotees from Odisha and outside thronged the holy city and enthusiastically participated in the mega festival braving the humidity and heat, a temple official said.
Elaborate security and other arrangements were made to ensure smooth conduct of the festival.
Though the early rituals of the Lords were delayed by nearly two hours, the subsequent rituals were completed in time.
There were no untoward incidents during the festival.