June 23, 2020 Blog

Jagannath rath yatra commence without devotees due to covid-19 - Supreme court


According to the order, the state government must impose a curfew on Buri every day and for the period that Rath Yatra travels.

After several appeals to withdraw the Supreme Court's decision to suspend the order at Jagannath Rath Yatra, on June 22 the Supreme Court allowed the authorities in Odisha to celebrate the memory of Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his brothers in Puri.

In a previous ruling issued on June 18, the Supreme Court ruled that Jagannath Rath Yatra should not be removed in the midst of the Coruna virus epidemic. However, on Monday 22 June, a three-judge bank led by the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, set several conditions, including a curfew in Puri during the nine-day celebrations and asked the Temple Management Committee and the Odisha government who adhered to them accurately.

The bank, which also consists of Judge Dinesh Maheshwari and Judge AS Bubana, said: "If it is possible to ensure that there is no public assistance, we see no reason why the Rath Yatra operation could not be carried out safely for the sake of its usual path from temple to temple" After seriously thinking about it and listening to the parties, we see that Rath Yatra can be celebrated in Puri. "

Rath Yatra or car trip that begins on June 23 celebrates the annual visit of Lord Jagannath and his two brothers Balabhadra and Subhadra from Jagannath Temple from the 12th century to their aunt's place at Gundicha Temple, 2.5 km away.

By lifting the ban on the very popular festival, the Supreme Court has approved some of the guidelines that the state must follow during the festival to ensure people's well-being.

  1. The Supreme Court has ordered that the state government announce the curfew every time cars are removed. It is also necessary to ensure that every car is towed with a maximum of 500 people, including police and officials.
  2. The court ordered the closure of all entry points to Buri, including railway and bus stations, during the festival.
  3. The state government will enforce a curfew on Buri every day and as long as Rath Yatra vehicles are processed, according to the order. During the curfew, no one will be allowed to leave their homes or places of residence, such as hotels and hostels.
  4. People who pull the filler must be tested for COVID-19. The court said that they would only be allowed to withdraw the vehicle if it turned out to be negative. The court said that whoever pulls cars must maintain the social distance before, during and after Rath Yatra. The court added that there should be an hourly gap between two cars.
  5. The committee responsible for managing Puri Jagannath Temple will be primarily responsible for performing Rath Yatra according to these conditions. The commission will allow the minimum number of people to participate in the ritual and Rath Yatra.
The Hindustan Times reported that shortly after the initial court comments, Odisha stated that the closure of the curfew would begin at 9 pm on June 22 at 2 pm on June 24.

"Only persons who were passive (in relation to the coronavirus) and who work at Lord Jagannath Temple can be part of the ritual ... If Lord Jagannath does not leave tomorrow, he cannot leave for 12 years according to tradition," the prosecutor said. Major General Toshar Mehta. , Who represented the center, he said to the Supreme Court.

In the evening, Chief Justice SA Bobde, who examined the case via video from Nagpur, said, "The Supreme Court only considers Rath Yatra's performance in Puri and not elsewhere in Orissa."

After the Supreme Court allowed the Odisha government to retain Puri Rath Yatra, two appeals were brought before the Gujarat High Court on June 22 in an effort to mitigate similar mitigation of Ahmedabad Rath Yatra and amend the suspension order. From the bank on June 20.

The amendment request was rejected by the court, declaring that his order was approved in accordance with the Supreme Court order of June 18, regarding Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra. The Supreme Court added that the situation in Ahmedabad is much worse due to the emergence of COVID-19 than it was in Odisha, and therefore the yatra cannot be preserved taking into account the safety of its fans.

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