It was the millenium's first Nabakalebar yatra of Lord Jagannath, marking the assumption of a new form by the deity, which takes place every 19 years. After paying obeisance to the deity, Rawat said it was a happy coincidence that Lord Jagannath's rath yatra festival and Eid-ul-Fitr are being celebrated side by side across the country with great fervour.

Later, the Chief Minister arrived at the Eidgah in Jwalapur in Haridwar to convey his good wishes to those offering prayers there. Eidgah committee secretary Naim Qureshi offered a shawl to the Chief Minister to welcome him on the occasion.

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