Particular reduction commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena stated, “In view of the second wave of the Covid-19, the federal government has determined to permit Rath Yatra solely in Puri, in compliance with the restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court final 12 months. Rath Yatra is not going to be allowed somewhere else. Solely Rath-related rituals might be carried out contained in the temples somewhere else with out the participation of devotees. In contrast to Puri, chariots is not going to be allowed to be pulled at different locations.”
Based on the SRC’s order, solely a restricted variety of servitors and duty-bound police, temple and authorities officers can be allowed to conduct the Rath Yatra in Puri after they furnish their RT-PCR destructive reviews or certificates of the complete doses of the vaccines having been administered to them. Like final 12 months, the chariots can be pulled by the servitors, police personnel or the federal government staff on Rath obligation. Every of the three chariots can be pulled by 500 individuals, who must be absolutely vaccinated or ought to have examined destructive 48 hours earlier than the pageant.
No devotees shall be allowed to take part within the Rath Yatra or in any ritual related to it throughout Debasnan Purnima, Bahuda Yatra, Suna Besha and Niladri Bije. Like final 12 months, curfew can be imposed in Puri city on such days to stop the congregation of devotees.” Jena stated.
The federal government has determined to seal the factors of entry to Puri city through the pageant. The bus stand, railway station, river and sea path to Puri can be closed. Trains, buses and personal automobiles is not going to be allowed to enter Puri through the pageant, the order said.
The destiny of final 12 months’s Rath Yatra had adopted week-long speculations and moments of intense nervousness amongst devotees amid the pandemic.
The Supreme Court docket, which had on June 18 final 12 months ordered the cancellation of the Rath Yatra in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, had modified its earlier order amid mounting political stress a day earlier than the Rath on June 23 and granted permission to carry the annual pageant with out the congregation of devotees. The Supreme Court docket’s June 18 order had sparked statewide public outcry and political slugfest with many criticising the state authorities for having did not persuade the SC to carry the Rath with out the devotees. The state authorities needed to change its stand underneath duress and had then assured to plead with the Supreme Court docket to not cease the age-old custom.