The Supreme Court has given permission to carry out Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri. The Supreme Court said that the Rath Yatra would be organized without compromising on health issues and with the coordination of the temple committee, state and central government. Let me tell you that before the Supreme Court hearing on June 18, the Rath Yatra in Puri was stopped on June 23 due to the Corona epidemic.
But a number of reconsideration petitions were filed regarding the court’s decision. On hearing this today, the court reversed its old verdict and allowed the Jagannath Rath Yatra to be removed with certain conditions. The Supreme Court in its new order said that if the Odisha government feels that some things are getting out of hand then it can stop the yatra.
Earlier, during the hearing on June 18, the Chief Justice had said, “If we have allowed the Rath Yatra this year, Lord Jagannath will not forgive us.” There may not be such a large gathering during the pandemic. “The bench also asked the Odisha government not to allow travel, pilgrimage, or related activities anywhere in the state to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Supreme Court has allowed Rath Yatra to be conducted in Puri, Odisha with certain restrictions. https://t.co/MhteNWUapm
— ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2020
Before the Supreme Court’s decision, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Jagannath Temple Management Committee Chairman Gajapati Maharaja Divyasingh Dev on Monday amid uncertainty about Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri this year.
In a tweet, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Gajapati Maharaj on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an exclusive devotee of Lord Jagannath. Mohanty said, I hope that the Supreme Court will approve this year’s Rath Yatra in Puri. He said Shah also interacted with Dev about the religious sentiments associated with the festival. The Rath Yatra of Puri attracts millions of devotees from all over the world every year.
The Supreme Court said on Monday that Chief Justice SA Bobde has constituted a three-judge bench for hearing on the petitions filed for the Puri Rath Yatra.