The Supreme Court of India , allowed the annual Rath Yatra to take place in Puri from 23rd of July , 2020 onwards .
The tradition of Rath Yatra is to be carried in a ‘restricted manner’ as told by the Supreme Court , in awake of the spread of novel Coronavirus , which can turn out as a severe threat otherwise.
“Tradition of centuries may not be stopped” , the Central Government had told to the apex court and suggested them that the Rath Yatra can be allowed to take place but without public participation.
If the public participation is not prevented , it may lead into wild spread of the global ongoing pandemic , COVID-19.
The decision to put restriction on the public participation has been done in the best interest of the citizens of the country only, to ensure a healthy and Corona free life to them . Even the Odhisha Government had supported the Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court on this matter.
“Its a matter of faith for crores . If Lord Jagannath will not come out tomorrow , he cannot come out for 12 years as per traditions” , said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta , in a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.
“Besides maintaining precautions , the state government can impose curfew for a day ” , Mehta added . He further told the bench that “All Sebayats and Pandas who have tested negative for COVID-19 can participate in the rituals as may be decided by HH Sri Shankaracharya. People may not congregate and seek blessings on TV during live telecast . Raja of Puri and the temple committe may supervise arrangements of the rituals” .
The Puri Rath Yatra is attended by lakhs of people annually, from across the world . It takes place for 10-12 days .