Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra Today amidst Covid-19
Puri Famous Jagannath Rath Yatra began today morning with a large number of priests and attendants gathered at the Puri Temple for the first time wihout devotees.
The SC of India allowed Odisha to hold the 7 day chariot festival in a restricted way.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning greeted the devotees, saying: “My heartiest greetings to all of you on the auspicious occasion of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra. I wish that this journey filled with devotion brings happiness, prosperity, good luck and health to the lives of the countrymen. Jai Jagannath!”
In visuals, an enormous crowd might be seen outside the long-lasting temple – decorated for the occasion – as they took part within the colourful procession and therefore the priests took the idol of Lord Balabhadra to a chariot. The temple complex was sanitised before the rituals began.
Only those that have tested negative for coronavirus can participate within the processions. “As per the highest court’s order, coronavirus test was conducted for all ‘sevayats’ (priests) at Puri’s Jagannath Temple. One sevayat has tested positive, he’s not allowed to participate within the Rath Yatra,” Odisha Law Minister Pratap Jena was quoted as saying today by ANI.
“There shall be an interval of 1 hour between two chariots. Each of these engaged in pulling the chariot shall maintain social distancing before, during and after the Rath Yatra,” the court said as a part of the detailed guidelines.
The Rath Yatra from the Jagannath temple – the most important temple of the Lord Jagannath within the coastal district of Puri — is attended by lakhs of individuals from across the planet . But in sight of the highly contagious coronavirus outbreak, the court had last week ordered a ban on the festivals, saying: “Such gatherings can’t happen at the time of the pandemic.”