The Rathayatra was inaugurated by the Mayor of Baroda as well as several other political leaders such as the local member of Parliament, three members of the State Assembly (MLAs), leader of the opposition party in the Baroda Municipal Corporation, many municipal corporators, and others too numerous to mention!
The district magistrate (collector), greeted the Rathyatra outside the Collectorate. The police commissioner also greeted the Rathayatra in one of the most crowded areas of the city.
Thousands lined the city streets to have a darshan (view) of the procession.
Tons of halava prasad were distributed from trucks that followed the Ratha cart throughout the length of the procession.