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Supreme Court allows Jagannath Rath Yatra: The Supreme Court has given permission to carry out Bhagwan Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri. The apex 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. Before the Supreme Court hearing on June 18, the Rath Yatra to be organized on June 23 was stopped due to the ongoing Corona epidemic.
Following it, 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 organized 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 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.
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. State BJP president Sameer Mohanty said that Shah discussed the tradition associated with the ongoing Rath Yatra since 1736.
In a tweet, Union Home Minister Amit Shah told that he spoke to Gajapati Maharaj on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an exclusive devotee of Lord Jagannath. 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. The apex court, in its June 18 ruling, had stayed this year’s historic Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri in view of the Corona Virus global epidemic.
At the same time, after the decision of the Supreme Court, the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik will hold a meeting at Panj at this evening about the preparations for the Rath Yatra.