The ban on Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha will continue. Religious travel will be organized with Kovid-19 guidelines. Rath Yatra will be conducted without devotees only with servants. Only the servants who have got the negative report of Corona and got the vaccine will be able to participate in the journey.
The ban on the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri, Odisha will continue this year due to Corona infection. Religious travel will be organized with Kovid-19 guidelines. Rath Yatra will be conducted without devotees only with servants. Only the servants who have got the negative report of Corona and got the vaccine will be able to participate in the journey.
Giving information, Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep K Jena said, ‘This year also Puri Rath Yatra will be taken out along with Kovid rules. Devotees will not be involved in this, only servants will remain. The guidelines of the Supreme Court will be followed for taking out the yatra last year. He also told that only the servants who have got corona negative report and vaccinated will be able to participate.
Rath Yatra will be out on 12th July
Rath Yatra will be held in Puri on 12th July next month. In view of Corona, this time too the participation of devotees has been banned. In such a situation, the Odisha government has appealed to Doordarshan to broadcast the Rath Yatra live, so that people can have darshan from their homes. Last year also arrangements for live broadcast were made.
Supreme Court had issued guidelines
Last year, on 18 June 2020, the Supreme Court had banned the Rath Yatra in view of the Corona epidemic. The Supreme Court had issued 11 guidelines, including curfew. The Odisha government had said that it is possible to conduct the festival without public presence, after which the court cleared the way for the Rath Yatra to be taken out. The court had ordered the closure of entry roads to Puri and the state government to impose curfew.