Puri: The Odisha government on Saturday said that this year’s annual Rath Yatra festival will be held without crowds of devotees and they will not be allowed to watch the rituals from rooftops en route to the chariot.
Puri District Magistrate Samarth Verma told reporters here that the administration has reviewed its decision and restrictions have also been imposed on viewing the Rath Yatra scene from the roofs of homes and hotels. He said that a day before the festival to be held on July 12, curfew would be imposed in Puri city which would be in effect till noon the next day.
Verma said that this festival of Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Jagannath is being celebrated for the second consecutive year without the participation of devotees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He appealed to the people of the city to watch the live telecast of the festival on television.
Corona situation in Odisha
With the death of 48 more patients due to corona virus in Odisha, the total number of dead crossed 4,000 on Wednesday. This number of dead in the state is the highest number of any single day. An official of the Health Department gave this information.
The official said that with the arrival of at least 3,371 new cases of infection, the total number of infected people increased to 9,16,800. He said that the total number of people who lost their lives due to this disease in the state has gone up to 4,019.
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