With the famous Puri Rath Yatra which began today, the Supreme Court which earlier had rejected to go ahead with the festival has given a green signal but the yatra should be conducted with health and safety precautions.
A 3 judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde set several conditions for the Jagannath Temple administration committee and the Odisha government by imposing a curfew in Puri for the 9-day festive celebrations and the government should strictly adhere to the rules.
“If it is possible to ensure that there is no public attendance, we see no reason why the Rath Yatra cannot be conducted safely along its usual route from temple to temple. Having given serious consideration to the matter and having heard the parties, we are of the view that the Rath Yatra at Puri may be held,” – The bench said during the court hearings.
With many rules in place, on June 23 the rath yatra began however it is the first time that there has been no single attendance as per direction from Supreme Court where no single attendance. Usually, every year lakhs of devotees would be visiting to pull the chariot as it is considered auspicious and this year only 500 people will be allowed to pull the chariot where medical record details of all the devotees should be noted. Every person pulling the chariot should follow Social Distancing measures.
Now, if you want to watch the Rath Yatra you can visit any media channels where it will be broadcasted live.