Antarvedi (East Godavari district): Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy commissioned a chariot (ratham) at the Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple here on Friday on the auspicious day of Ratha Saptami.
The chief minister offered puja and aarti and pulled the giant forty-feet chariot as part of the commissioning. Earlier in the day, Jagan was given a traditional welcome on his arrival.
He had a darshan of the main deity and participated in the puja after which he was given vedasirvachanam. He then proceeded to the colorfully decorated ratham and offered puja and aarti.
Jagan's cabinet colleagues were also present at the time of the commissioning of the seven-tier chariot. The new chariot was built at a cost of Rs 1 crore after a fire gutted the previous one on September 5.
The chief minister had instructed for a replacement and work on the new chariot which was completed in record time ahead of the annual Kalyanotsavam. The new chariot with six wheels and seven tiers was made out of 1,330 cubic feet of wood and is equipped with hydraulic brakes, a protective shed, and iron gates.
State ministers Chelluboyina Venugopala Krishna, K Kannababu , P Viswaroop, MPs, MLAs, and officials were present on the occasion.