The 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' is being billed as Congress's biggest mass contact programme since independence and a "turning point" in India's political history.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which conducted an inspection of the shrine while the Trinity was away at Gundicha temple during Rath Yatra, had not found any anomaly.
The chariots were again pulled to the exit gate called Nakachana dwara and parked facing towards the main temple.
Since then, Muslim families of the village have been actively participating not just in Rath Yatra but other festivals like Nuakhai with their Hindu neighbours.
Rajya Sabha Member Mamata Mohanta took part in the chariot pulling.“Due to the blessings of Lord Jagannath, I was able to participate in chariot pulling,” she said.
The chariot was pulled from the Jagannath temple to Gundicha shrine nearby amid beating of drums and tribal dance performances.
The atmosphere in in Nayapalli and Unit VIII areas reverberated with beats of cymbals as a sea of devotees took part in the pulling of chariots at Iskcon temple.
The fresh cases were spread across 17 districts. The State has been recording over 150 cases for the third consecutive day.
Student volunteers of NSS groups of both Cuttack and Bhubaneswar were also constantly on their toes, shifting ailing devotees to first aid centres using 146 stretchers.
Train No 08957 Gunupur -Puri special will leave Gunupur on July 10 at 4.30 am. Train No. 08958 Puri-Gunupur will leave Puri on July 10 at 8 pm.
Odisha GUV Ganeshi Lal, CM Naveen Patnaik, Chief Justice S Muralidhar of Orissa HC and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were among those who pulled the chariot of Lord Jagannath.
Tension prevailed in the area following the mishap with the devotees alleging neglect by the power supply department which did not take any precautionary measure to prevent such mishap.
In Keonjhar, the chariot of Lord Jagannath, touted to be world’s tallest at 72 feet, rolled from the Baladevjew temple amid a gathering of over 70,000 devotees this year.
Sources said locals were left dejected as they were looking forward to the grand event which had been stalled due to the pandemic and now, could not attend due to the downpour.
"Fear was legitimate because riots had happened during the Rath Yatra with miscreants even trying to snatch away the chariots on two occasions," he said.
The pilgrim city is already buzzing with excitement as thousands have begun to congregate for having darshan of their beloved deities and seeking their blessings.
Footfall this time is not as high as expected, but still people from all parts of the country have travelled to Puri for the nine-day festival.
At Iskcon, where one of the major Rath Yatra takes place, the ‘Pahandi’ will start at around 11 am and the ‘Chherapahanra’ will be done at 2 pm.
Outside the temple, the Maharana, Rupakar and Dario sevayats were busy giving final touches to the three grand chariots - Taladhwaja, Darpadalana and Nandighosha.
With Rath Yatra two days away, the district administration has started massive eviction drive to remove illegal encroachers from near temples in the district recently amid tight security.