Puri/ New Delhi:
Puri’s popular Rath Yatra started off this morning as a large number of priests and temple attendants gathered at the Jagannath Temple without having devotees in a historic initial, a day just after the Supreme Court docket authorized Odisha to hold the 7-working day chariot competition in a restricted vogue amid India’s combat in opposition to coronavirus.
In visuals, a large group could be found exterior the legendary temple – embellished for the situation – as they took section in the vibrant procession and the monks took the idol of Lord Balabhadra to a chariot.
A video clip tweeted by information company ANI showed some sevayats (persons who accomplish the ritual providers) enjoying conventional musical instruments and dancing to the beats as some others carried the idol to the chariot.
— ANI (@ANI) June 23, 2020
In a tweet, Key Minister Narendra Modi this early morning greeted the devotees. “My heartiest greetings to all of you on the auspicious occasion of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra. I would like that this journey crammed with devotion provides happiness, prosperity, superior luck and overall health 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
As it recalled its before buy, banning the hugely popular competition, the Supreme Court on Monday stated the point out federal government will have to declare curfew anytime the chariots are pulled. No extra than 500 people today are allowed to pull the chariots as for each the leading court’s purchase.
Only people who have analyzed negative for coronavirus can acquire portion in the processions.
“There shall be an interval of one particular hour amongst two chariots. Each individual of those engaged in pulling the chariot shall retain social distancing prior to, all through and just after the Rath Yatra,” the court mentioned as section of the detailed recommendations.
The Rath Yatra from the Jagannath temple – the major temple of the Lord Jagannath in the coastal district of Puri — is attended by lakhs of people from throughout the world. But in view of the remarkably contagious coronavirus outbreak, the court had last week purchased a ban on the festivals, saying: “Such gatherings won’t be able to take place at the time of the pandemic”.