Puri in Odisha is expected to host the second Rath Yatra without deovtee on Monday due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. The Jagannath Temple administration has said the yatra will be organized in strict accordance with Covid security protocols. According to Puri Jagannath temple administrator Ajaya Jena, only servants who tested negative for Covid-19 would be allowed to participate in the towing of the tanks, reports the PTI news agency.
Like last year this year, Rath Yatra will take place without worshipers on July 12, 2021, in accordance with the Supreme Court order and SOPs issued by the Odisha government. No worshipers were allowed to participate in Rath Yatra Tank shooters who test negative and fully vaccinated RT-PCR tests will be allowed to attend the yatra. About 1,000 officials, excluding police officers, will be deployed, “Jena said.
According to the Administrator, 3,000 âsevayatâ (servants) and 1,000 temple officials will be allowed to perform all rituals and RT-PCR tests have been underway at four locations in Puri since July 8.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected several requests for directions to lead Rath Yatra through Odisha and not just into the Puri Jagannath Temple, as the Odisha state government allowed in its previous ordinance.
“This year more people died and last year fewer people died,” observed the formation of three Supreme Court judges, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana.
The Odisha State government had only allowed Rath Yatra in the Puri Jagannath Temple with strict Covid-19 restrictions and protocols.
Puri is currently under a 48-hour curfew, which went into effect on Sunday. By order of the district administration, the restrictions will remain in place from 8 p.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. on July 13. Odisha’s government has sealed all entry points to Puri and restrictions have been imposed to keep worshipers at bay in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rath Yatra is a festival associated with Lord Jagannath that is held annually in Puri in the state of Odisha. Lord Jagannath’s annual Ratha Yatra celebrations began Friday in Puri with the âNaba Jauban Darshanâ of brotherly deities, in which they are worshiped after spending 14 days in âAnasara Gharaâ or quarantine. The Trinity – Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra – during the “Naba Jouban Darshan” reappeared after spending 14 days in the “Aasara Ghara”.