This Rath Yatra, Sought Lord Jagannath’s Blessings From Home

But in this situation, it’s better to watch it on TV and not risk our lives as well as those of others.

Published23 Jun 2020, 12:51 PM IST
My Report
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The morning of the Rath Yatra. 
The morning of the Rath Yatra. 
(Photo Courtesy: Prabhat Kumar Das)

The annual Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri finally began on 23 June amid the coronavirus pandemic. As I sit at home and watch the idol of Lord Balabhadra being brought out of the temple to the chariot by priests and sevayats, I am happy that this year, the state government has barred devotees from entering the temple premises to curb the spread of COVID-19.

For the first time in history, Jagannath Rath Yatra is taking place without the presence of devotees at the temple premises.
For the first time in history, Jagannath Rath Yatra is taking place without the presence of devotees at the temple premises.
(Photo Courtesy: Asim Amitav) 

For the first time in history, Jagannath Rath Yatra is taking place without the presence of devotees at the temple premises. The Rath Yatra is live telecast for everyone to seek their blessings.

It’s a wish come true for us if we could be physically present and watch the idol of Lord Jagannath.
It’s a wish come true for us if we could be physically present and watch the idol of Lord Jagannath.
(Photo Courtesy: Prabhat Kumar Das)

To be honest, it’s a wish come true for us if we could be physically present and watch the idol of Lord Jagannath. But in this situation, it's better to watch it on TV and not risk our lives as well as those of others.

Three giant chariots in one place.
Three giant chariots in one place.
(Photo Courtesy: Ankita Sahoo)

Many devotees were worried that the Rath Yatra would be cancelled, but thankfully, Supreme Court gave a go ahead for this historic event to take place at Puri with some restrictions in place.

The government officials carried out numerous rounds of inspection on Monday night before the Rath Yatra was officially began.
The government officials carried out numerous rounds of inspection on Monday night before the Rath Yatra was officially began.
(Photo Courtesy: Asim Amitav) 

Only 500 people are allowed to pull the chariots. The state government has imposed a curfew in Puri till Wednesday afternoon. Temple priests have undergone COVID-19 test and those tested negative have been allowed to participate in this holy yatra. The government officials carried out numerous rounds of inspection on Monday night before the Rath Yatra was officially began.

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