Raipur : Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel and Ex-Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today commenced the auspicious ‘Rath Yatra’ by performing the ritual of ‘Chherapahara’ by sweeping with golden broom at Jagannath temple in Gayatri Nagar of capital city Raipur. Mahaprabhu Jagannath, his elder brother Balbhadra and Sister Subhadra were escorted from Shri Mandir to Rath via hilly route. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel performed ‘aarti’ of Mahaprabhu. Prior to the aforementioned rituals, Chief Minister participated in the ‘Yagna Shala’ of Shri Mandir and prayed for peace, prosperity and progress along with good rainfall for Chhattisgarh state. On the occasion, Revenue Minister Mr. Jai Singh Agrawal, MLAs- Mr. Kuldeep Juneja, Mr. Brijmohan Agrawal, Leader of Opposition Mr. Dharamlal Kaushik, Ex- Speaker of Vidhan Sabha Mr. Gaurishankar Agrawal, Mayor Raipur Municipal Corporation Mr. Pramod Dubey, and a large number of devotees were also present.