Puri/ New Delhi:
Puri’s well-known Rath Yatra began this morning as a lot of clergymen and temple attendants gathered on the Jagannath Temple with out devotees in a historic first, a day after the Supreme Courtroom allowed Odisha to carry the seven-day chariot pageant in a restricted style amid India’s battle in opposition to coronavirus.
In visuals, an enormous crowd might be seen exterior the long-lasting temple – adorned for the event – as they took half within the vibrant procession and the clergymen took the idol of Lord Balabhadra to a chariot.
A video tweeted by information company ANI confirmed some sevayats (individuals who carry out the ritual providers) enjoying conventional musical devices and dancing to the beats as others carried the idol to the chariot.
— ANI (@ANI) June 23, 2020
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning greeted the devotees. “My heartiest greetings to all of you on the auspicious event of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra. I want that this journey crammed with devotion brings happiness, prosperity, good luck and well being to the lives of the countrymen. Jai Jagannath!,” PM Modi tweeted in Hindi.
भगवान जगन्नाथ की रथ यात्रा के पावन-पुनीत अवसर पर आप सभी को मेरी हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। मेरी कामना है कि श्रद्धा और भक्ति से भरी यह यात्रा देशवासियों के जीवन में सुख, समृद्धि, सौभाग्य और आरोग्य लेकर आए। जय जगन्नाथ!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2020
Because it recalled its earlier order, banning the massively fashionable pageant, the Supreme Courtroom on Monday stated the state authorities should declare curfew every time the chariots are pulled. Not more than 500 individuals are allowed to drag the chariots as per the highest court docket’s order.
Solely those that have examined unfavourable for coronavirus can participate within the processions.
“There shall be an interval of 1 hour between two chariots. Every of these engaged in pulling the chariot shall preserve social distancing earlier than, throughout and after the Rath Yatra,” the court docket stated as a part of the detailed tips.
The Rath Yatra from the Jagannath temple – the largest temple of the Lord Jagannath within the coastal district of Puri — is attended by lakhs of individuals from internationally. However in view of the extremely contagious coronavirus outbreak, the court docket had final week ordered a ban on the festivals, saying: “Such gatherings cannot happen on the time of the pandemic”.