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Supreme Court, on Monday, allowed the Lord Jagannath Yatra of Puri to be held with certain restrictions. The apex court said, “Puri rath yatra will be held with coordination of temple committee, state and central govt without compromising with a health issue.”
The apex court, however, added that “the state can even stop the yatra or festivities if they feel it is going out of hand.” CJI S.A. Bobde had said the Supreme Court is only considering conducting the Yatra in Puri and not anywhere else in Odisha.
In its hearing, the Centre told the top court that annual Rath Yatra can be held without public participation keeping in view the COVID-19 pandemic. At least a dozen applicants, including one by Janardhan Pattajoshi Mohapatra, who is the hereditary chief servitor of Lord Jagannatha of the Jagannatha Temple, had approached the apex court seeking modification of its June 18 order.
The apex court had on June 18 said that in the interest of public health and safety of citizens, this year’s Rath Yatra, cannot be allowed and that “Lord Jagannath won’t forgive us if we allow” it. These applications, including the one filed by ‘Jagannath Sanskruti Jana Jagarana Manch’, had urged the court to allow the Rath Yatra.
The Puri Rath Yatra is attended by lakhs of people from across the world and is scheduled from June 23, 2020.