SC’s ban on Puri Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, CJI said – If we allow, God will not forgive us

Due to the Coronavirus infection, the Supreme Court has banned the procession of Lord Jagannath. A petition in this regard has been heard on Thursday.

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New Delhi: Due to Coronavirus infection, the Supreme Court has banned the procession of Lord Jagannath. A petition has been heard in this regard on Thursday, during which the court said that God will never forgive them if they give permission for this. Chief Justice of India S.A Bobde said that this is a serious matter and the court cannot allow it. In the petition seeking a ban on the rath yatra, it has been said on behalf of the petitioner that one million people gather in this rath yatra. On this, CJI Bobde said that if there are even ten thousand then also it is a serious matter. Let us tell you that the rath yatra was to begin on June 23. This festival continues for the next 20 days.

The petition said that the risk of spreading corona infection from the crowd gathering in the rath yatra is very high, so it should be stopped at the moment. It says ‘Because keeping in mind the health of the people, if the Supreme Court can ban the burning of firecrackers on Diwali then why can’t the Rath Yatra be banned?’

On hearing this petition, the court said, ‘Such meetings cannot take place at the time of the epidemic. In the interest of public health and the safety of citizens, Rath Yatra cannot be allowed this year. We pass this order in the interest of the public safety of citizens so that people do not gather in the midst of danger. In such a situation, no rath yatra will be organized in Odisha. During this period, there will be no activity or process related to Rath Yatra.

Odisha government has not taken any decision yet

Explain that the Odisha government has not yet taken any decision regarding the Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri during the Corona crisis, but an NGO called the Odisha Development Council has filed the petition in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the Rath Yatra.

In Odisha, the state government has banned all religious events till June 30. But the temple committee has decided to organize the rath yatra without devotees i.e. section 144. The construction of the chariot for the yatra is also going on fast. The temple committee has put forth several options for pulling the chariot. It is being considered to take the chariot from policemen, machines, or elephants to Gundicha temple.

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