The Supreme Court has approved the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra to held in Puri, Odisha, tomorrow. On June 18, the court had halted the yatra given the spread of corona due to the gathering of lakhs of people in the yatra. Still, today the court lifted the ban after hearing the arguments of several parties, including the central government, Odisha government, temple administration. However, the court has imposed several strict conditions, due to which the ordinary devotees will not be able to join the yatra.
Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra
All the parties, seeking a change in the order of June 18 from the Supreme Court, said that the centuries-old tradition should not disturb. The faith of millions of people is associated with this. The central government and the Odisha government also noted that the health guidelines would thoroughly follow during the journey. Only those servants who are found corona negative in the recent test will be allowed to pull the chariot. Ordinary people will not enable to participate in the yatra. During the journey, curfew will be imposed in the city, so that there is no crowd anywhere.
It was also said in these applications that there is no demand to allow rath yatra to take place in different parts of the state. But the main journey of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra from Jagannath Puri temple should not be disturbed. If there is no travel this year, due to religious rules, travel will not be possible for 12 years.
A bench heard the case of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, and AS Bopanna. The Chief Justice, who went to his home district Nagpur during summer vacation, heard from there through video conferencing. After hearing all the parties, the court wrote in its order, “On June 18, we told that in the 18th and 19th centuries, such a pandemic like cholera and plague spread more. This was the reason why we ordered a stay. But if it can ensure that the journey could be conducted safely, in full compliance with health instructions, then we see no reason to stop it.”
The Supreme Court, in its detailed order, has laid several conditions regarding the organization of the yatra.
The Main Conditions Among Them Are
- The entry routes to Puri should be closed. The airport, railway station, bus station should also be closed.
- Curfew should impose in the city during the Rath Yatra.
- A chariot will pull by a maximum of 500 people.
- Only those servicemen of the temple will be involved in these activities, which are corona negative.
- A gap of at least 1 hour should be kept between 2 chariots.
- TV channels get coverage so that people can watch travel from home.
- Odisha government should keep complete details of people joining the yatra.