Supreme court has put a stay on annual Jagannath Rath yatra of and all the activities related to it at Puri’s Jagannath Temple on June 23.
Making a statement, CJI stated that Lord Jagannath won’t forgive if we allow it at this time of pandemic. Court has further stated that such gatherings can’t take place at the time of pandemic.
The Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra, which is considered one of India’s biggest chariot festivals where the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra would be pulled on the Grand Road from the Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple over a distance of 2.5 kms. Every year, lakhs of devotees throng to the coastal town of Puri to catch the glimpse of deities re-embodied after 19 years on chariots on the occasion of Rath Yatra, marking largest-ever religious congregation in Odisha.