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Ahmadabad, June 29 : Gujarat Chief Minister Anadiben Patel on Sunday flagged off the annual Jagannath Yatra with prayers for a good monsoon as thousands of devotees thronged to seek the blessings of deities. “The people of Gujarat give their blessings to all these people going for the Jagannath Yatra. I hope Lord Jagannath brings rain. Our blessings are with the devotees. May they prosper in life,” said Patel. Also Read - Amazon India Starts All-Women Delivery Station in Gujarat's Kadi, Second in The Country After Chennai

Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure the security of the devotees. The annual Rath Yatra is celebrated every year in Gujarat, setting off from the iconic temple which is nearly 400 years old, and traverses a 14 kilometre route in the city of Ahmedabad. Also Read - Gujarat: Medical Body Urges CM Rupani to Ban Navratri Festivities in Wake of COVID-19

The huge, colourfully decorated chariots are drawn by hundreds and thousands of devotees.