Attractive floats, shobhayatra to be centre of attraction
Nagpur: The Ram Navami celebrations will kickstart with a grand shobhayatra and a chariot rally today on March 28 amid host of devotees. Each year, city’s Poddareshwar Ram Temple takes out a grand rally across the city to celebrate the popular Hindu festival.
As per the tradition, city’s mayor Pravin Datke will perform the puja rituals. The ceremony will be attended by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, union minister Nitin Gadkari, district guardian minister Chandrashekar Bawankule, MPs Ajay Sancheti, Avinash Pande, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Vilas Muttemwar, Dutta Meghe, police commissioner K K Pathak among others.
The highlight of this year’s chariot rally will be grand Garuda (Giant Bird) which has a great significant in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
Lord Ram’s statute will be positioned on the Garuda with other characters from Ramayana for display. The chariot will be taken across the city with thousands of devotees marching alongside. On the day of Ram Navami, the aarti will begin at 4 am followed by Shehnai vadan at 5 am and kirtan between 9.30 am and 10 am. At 12 noon, the celebrations will kickstart.
Pandit Umesh Sharma of Poddareshwar Ram Temple informed that the preparations for the shobhayatra are almost complete. He said that there will be sundar kand paath and display from the life of various characters from Ramayan. It was informed that thousands of devotees will attend the grand shobhayatra.