Ahmedabad’s Jagannath Temple Observes Symbolic ‘Rath Yatra’ Amid COVID-19

Ahmedabad's Jagannath Temple Observes Symbolic 'Rath Yatra' Amid COVID-19

After the ritual, three chariots started a symbolic rath yatra with out the standard festivities in Ahmedabad


A symbolic Rath Yatra was organised within the Lord Jagannath temple premises in Ahmedabad immediately after the Gujarat Excessive Courtroom rejected the state authorities’s plea to hold out a full-scale public procession.

For the primary time in 143 years, this world famend occasion was held with out the accompaniment of troupes, tableaux and public participation because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Early within the morning, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani carried out ‘Pahind Vidhi’, a ritual of cleansing the street with a golden broom, for the chariots of Lord Jagannath, his sister Subhadra and brother Balram to embark on their journey.

After the ritual, three chariots started a symbolic rath yatra with out the standard festivities contained in the premises of the Lord Jagannath temple in Jamalpur space of Ahmedabad.

In a late evening judgment, the excessive courtroom refused to vary its earlier order which stayed the rath yatra, and requested the temple to go for a symbolic procession inside its premises, as an alternative of taking out a grand procession within the metropolis.

Following the order, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his spouse Anjaliben Rupani reached the temple early this morning and carried out ‘Pahind Vidhi’.

That is the 143rd Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, and for the primary time it’s devoid of the standard procession, temple trustee Mahendra Jha stated, including that only a few folks have been allowed contained in the temple premises in a bid to comprise the unfold of coronavirus.

After performing ‘Pahind Vidhi’, the Chief Minister stated his authorities was able to even impose curfew on the route in order that the procession could possibly be taken out with out risking the well being of individuals.

“We had requested the excessive courtroom to grant us permission on the traces of the Supreme Courtroom’s nod to hold out Rath Yatra in Puri. The listening to went on until late Monday evening however the excessive courtroom didn’t give us permission. Now, the chariots will transfer contained in the temple premises,” Mr Rupani advised reporters earlier than leaving.

As per the custom, folks from the Khalasi group pulled the chariots contained in the temple premises.

Historically, the procession, led by chariots, would begin early morning from the 400-year-old temple and return by late night. It used to take a one-hour break at Saraspur for lunch.

Lakhs of individuals used to collect alongside the route on ‘Ashadhi Beej’ yearly to catch a glimpse of the adorned elephants and tableaux shifting round in some 100 vans.

The procession used to return again to the Lord Jagannath Temple after overlaying a distance of 18 km in 12 hours. However this time, the chariots will stay contained in the temple premises.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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