Preparations for Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra begins in Puri.

Preparations for Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra begins in Puri.

After the Supreme Court’s nod, preparations for Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra begins in Puri. The fire and disaster management department has sanitized the grand road in Puri, Odisha on Monday night. This year’s Rath Yatra will be held without public participation in the wake of Covid19. 

As per the Supreme Court’s order the local administration is ensuring that those who are a part of the yatra are following the Covid19 protocols. The state government of Odisha has also imposed curfew starting from Monday 9 pm till Wednesday 2 pm to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“Only authorised people who will be participating in rituals, rath pulling and service providers will be given passes. Whereas no devotees will be allowed on the road until the Chariot reaches the Gundicha temple. We will be ensuring that the participants are wearing masks and are following social distancing norms,” says Balwant Singh, DM of Puri.

Deities board the chariots.

The priests and ‘sevayats’ have mounted the deities on their respective chariots. Lord Jagannath on his Nandighosh, Lord Balabhadra on his Taladwaja and Devi Subhadra on her Darpadalan. The sibling deities step out of the Srimandir and board their chariots amidst the enchanting symphony of gongs.

According to the Supreme Court’s order, only 500 people can pull the chariots. This includes the priests, servitors and security personnels. As per the Jagannath Temple administration only 10 servitors will be there on top of the chariots.

PM Modi Greets Citizens.

On the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra PM Modi extends his greetings to the citizens. He prays for the health and prosperity of the citizens. 

“My heartiest greetings to all of you on the auspicious occasion of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra. I wish that this journey filled with reverence & devotion brings happiness, prosperity, good luck and health to the lives of the countrymen,” tweets PM Modi.

The Union Home Minister Amit Shah too wishes the nation on the occasion of Rath Yatra. “I extend my warm greetings to all, on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra. May Maha Prabhu Jagannath bless everyone with good health, joy and prosperity. Jai Jagannath!”

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