Lanes and bylines in and around Dhoolpet, Mangalhat and Begum Bazaar came alive on Tuesday as thousands of devotees participated in the ‘Shobha yatra’ organised on the occasion of Sri Ramanavami in the city, which passed off peacefully.
Thousands of youngsters sporting saffron caps, kurtas and scarves took out the yatra from Rani Avanti Bai Hall in Dhoolpet, while organisers performed puja to the idols of Sri Rama, Sita, Laxmana and Hanuman. Addressing devotees at the rally, Mata Saraswathi, a religious leader demanded the State and the Central governments take an initiative for the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, the birth place of lord Rama, in the midst of ‘Jai Sriram’ slogans. She demanded a ban on cow slaughter and called upon the Hindu youth to fight till the demand is met.
A 12-feet-high deity of Lord Sri Ram was carried on a chariot through the main thoroughfares of Mangalhat, Jumerat Bazaar, Begum Bazaar Chatri, and Gowliguda as part of the yatra, which culminated at Hanuman Vyayamshala in Koti.Free food distribution programmes and special ‘bhajans’ were also organised all along the procession route.
As the yatra entered different residential colonies, devotees welcomed it y showering flower petals on the idols. Traffic police diverted vehicles through alternative routes to ensure smooth conduct of the yatra. Police diverted traffic coming from Bhoiguda Kaman to Puranapul towards Gode-Ki-Khabar at Mangalhat police station. Traffic from Puranapul towards Puranapul Gandhi Statue was diverted towards Petlaburj, Karwan and Kulsumpura.