Preparations are in place for Odisha’s Lord Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra to start right this moment. Identical to final yr, the pageant might be held with out the participation of devotees in view of the Covid scenario. Chalking out an in depth safety plan, the state police has deployed 65 platoons of power together with senior officers. The federal government has strictly prohibited devotees on the Grand Highway in entrance of the 12th century shrine in Puri in the course of the chariots procession.
The celebrations for Lord Jagannath’s annual Ratha Jatra started in Puri on Friday with the ‘Naba Jauban Darshan’ of the sibling deities. Because the celebrations started, the state authorities had introduced the imposition of curfew in Puri city from July 11.
Because the Rath Yatra is slated to start, President of India Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter to increase his needs to the devotees of Jagannath Puri. “My heat greetings and greatest needs to all of the countrymen, particularly all of the devotees in Odisha, on the auspicious event of Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath. I want that with the blessings of Lord Jagannath, the lives of all of the countrymen stay filled with happiness, prosperity and well being.”, he tweeted.
The state authorities has appealed to the individuals to not go to Puri in the course of the pageant, and as a substitute watch the dwell broadcast of the Ratha Jatra on TV. To make sure this, all lodges, dharamshalas and visitor homes on the Grand Highway have been requested to not enable any vacationer or devotee. They’ve been directed to vacate all boarders and friends. Normally, round 10 lakh individuals collect in Puri throughout Ratha Jatra.
Solely sevayats (servitors) testing adverse for Covid-19 and who’ve been absolutely vaccinated can be allowed to take part within the pulling of the chariots. Other than this, listed here are another mandates for this yr’s Rath Yatra:
- The complete metropolis has been divided into 12 zones. Apart from 65 platoons, 10 senior officers of extra SP rank have been deployed for the pageant. Other than offering safety, police will even guarantee correct enforcement of Covid-19 pointers like social distancing and carrying masks.
- Part 144 of CrPC has been clamped from eight pm on Sunday and no store or important exercise might be allowed on Grand Highway. Solely these with responsibility passes for Rath Yatra might be allowed.
- The Grand Highway might be remodeled right into a inexperienced zone for emergency companies whereby hearth combating autos and ambulances can ply.
The curfew will proceed until eight am on July 13, as per a notification issued by the Particular Reduction Commissioner’s workplace.
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