Supreme Court Stays Puri Rath Yatra Due To Covid-19

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Lord Jagannath rath yatra and activities connected to it will not be allowed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court said Thursday.

“Lord Jagannath won’t forgive us if we allow this year’s Rath Yatra,” the top court said.

It is for the first time in 284 years that the Puri Rath Yatra won’t be held.

The Rath Yatra, which draws nearly a million people from across the world and sees frenzied devotees pull the raths (chariots) of the three deities – Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra – on the Grand Road, was scheduled to take place on June 23 this year.