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In view of the danger of the virus in Sh, a number of petitions were heard on Monday in the Supreme Court against the ban on Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Odisha.
Is Jagannath Rath Yatra possible in Puri this year what say supreme court?
In this case, the Center said in the Supreme Court that keeping the epidemic in mind, it can be conducted without public participation. During this time, the Supreme Court has approved the organization of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra to be held in Puri.
The Supreme Court has given this approval with certain conditions. In view of the Rath Yatra, the complete shutdown has been announced in the entire Puri from 9 am to 2 pm on Wednesday.
During the hearing, the Supreme Court also said that we leave it to the state government that it is free to stop religious events when there is a threat to the health and safety of the people.
The Supreme Court said that this event can be organized in coordination with the temple committee, state government, and central government without compromising the health of the people.
The Odisha government has informed that arrangements are being made to telecast the Jagannath Rath Yatra to be done in Puri so that devotees can see God sitting at home.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik thanked the Supreme Court for granting the rath yatra. He also thanked the Central Government for the coordination. He said that the Odisha government and Shri Jagannath temple administration are fully ready for the Rath Yatra. Organizing Rath Yatra is a challenge during this virus. 3 ministers will be present in Puri to oversee the Rath Yatra.
What say Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik about Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, ‘The world is watching us. We have to follow social distancing and discipline. We will set an example for the world by doing so. He said, ‘We are completely cautious about the Rath Yatra. I hope the people participating in the Rath Yatra will follow the Kovid 19 guidelines.
The Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha informed that the entry of passenger vehicles, passenger trains, buses, and other private vehicles will be restricted in the district during the complete shutdown in Puri from 9 pm to 2 pm on Monday night. Only vehicles and people connected to essential services will be allowed entry and movement.
The Supreme Court heard a petition requesting reform in its June 18 order prohibiting this year’s Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra (Jagannath Rath Yatra) due to the Kovid-19 global epidemic. CJI SA Bobde on Monday constituted a three-judge bench for hearing the petitions filed for organizing the Puri Rath Yatra.
During the hearing, the Supreme Court said, ‘We cannot compromise the health and safety of the people. If there is even a slight spread of Kovid 19 due to the Rath Yatra, then it can be disastrous because a large number of people gather in it.
After the approval of the Supreme Court, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reacted on his Twitter and wrote, ‘Jai Jagannath’. Along with this, he has called a meeting in Bhubaneswar on Monday evening regarding preparations for the Rath Yatra.
The Supreme Court had indicated during the hearing that the state government may get permission to organize Jagannath Rath Yatra with some guidelines. The Supreme Court said that there is no need to join Shankaracharya in this rath yatra. The Odisha government said that it does not want a rath yatra anywhere in the entire state. The Supreme Court clarified that this hearing is only in connection with Puri and Rath Yatra.
What says home minister about Jagannath Rath Yatra
After the decision of the Supreme Court, Home Minister Amit Shah also reacted to the case. He said, ‘Today is a special day for all of us. Especially for the siblings of Odisha and devotees of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath Ji. The whole country is happy about the approval of the Rath Yatra by the Supreme Court.
What else did the center govt say?
On behalf of the Central Government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, ‘The tradition of centuries cannot be stopped, because it is a matter of faith of crores of people. If Lord Jagannath will not come on June 23, then according to the traditions, he cannot come for 12 years. To ensure that the epidemic does not spread, taking care, the state government may impose a curfew for a day.
Tushar Mehta said, ‘All those services whose corona test is negative can participate in the rituals prescribed by Shankaracharya. People can watch Jagannath Yatra live telecast on TV and take God’s blessings. The Solicitor General said that the Raja of Puri and the temple committee could oversee the arrangement of these rituals to prevent the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.
Actually, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who had contested the Lok Sabha elections from Puri, had requested that he review his order prohibiting Puri’s Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in the wake of the virus epidemic. The petition states that the Rath Yatra can be allowed to be conducted without the congregation of devotees through 800 sevayats of Lord Jagannath who come negative in the Kovid test.
More than 20 petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court against the ban on Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri. This rath yatra is to begin on 23 June.