New Delhi: Supreme Court dismissed petitions seeking permission for Rath Yatra in several other parts of Odisha. The Odisha government has given permission for Rath Yatra only in Puri Jagannath Temple. The Supreme Court said that we hope that God will allow the Rath Yatra next year.
SC justifies the government’s order of Rath Yatra in Puri with restrictions. In the rest, worship is allowed only inside the temple. The Chief Justice hearing the case said that I also want to go to Puri. Hope next year God will allow to complete all the rituals.
Curfew will remain in Odisha, it is forbidden to see the journey even from the roof
This year the annual Rath Yatra festival will take place without the crowd of devotees and they will not be allowed to watch the rituals even from the terraces en route to the chariot. Puri District Magistrate Samarth Verma said that the administration has reviewed its decision and restrictions have also been imposed on viewing the Rath Yatra scene from the roofs of houses 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.
Odisha government’s slogan- Ghare Rukuntu Sustha Ruhantu means stay at home, stay healthy
Regarding Kovid-19, Odisha government’s chief spokesperson Subroto Bagchi said, “The example of the isolated abode of Lord Jagannath is well accepted by the people and it keeps them indoors. The state government has also coined a slogan – ‘Ghare rukuntu sustha ruhantu’ (Stay at home, stay healthy).
He encouraged people to go to segregation if they were found infected with Kovid-19 and said that “anasar” (isolated habitat) is an important part of Odia culture and tradition. Isolation means restricting the movement of the infected so that the infection does not spread to others.