’Lord will not forgive us’: SC rules out Jagannath Rath Yatra amid COVID-19 pandemic


The Supreme Judge on Thursday eliminated the possibility of conducting the Lord Jagannath Twelve-monthly Rath Yatra and also the actions attached to it this coming year, within the wake of Coronavirus pandemic.

The grand situation of devotion and tranquility was planned to take place on June 23 in Odisha’s Puri, when the attendance well over millions of devotees was predicted.

The Supreme Judge bench guided by Chief Justice SA Bobde mentioned, “We will not be letting this. Lord Jagannath will never forgive us when we let this to keep. All actions related to the Rath Yatra are injuncted.”

The legal court was playing an emergency Public Attention Lawsuits (PIL) submitted by an NGO, Odisha Vikas Parishad, in which the NGO claimed that the twelve-monthly rath yatra in Puri will bring around 10 lakh people, along with the celebrations should go on for up coming 10-12 times, “the rath yatra amid the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be an invite to infect lakhs of fans”, the application explained.


The federal government, nonetheless, needed a legal court to permit some rituals linked to the Rath Yatra to happen. Solicitor Standard Tushar Mehta mentioned that the susceptibility in the issue mandates that some rituals be allowed.

To this particular, the Chief Justice reported that no secular or religious process associated with the Rath Yatra will require location this season, and detailed the matter for more hearing four weeks soon after.

“The expression ‘juggernaut’ comes from Jagannath a juggernaut should not be discontinued. So, Lord Jagannath should not be ceased by this,” the court witnessed.


Pursuing the cancellation bought with the apex court, Sri Jagannath Temple Management Committee likely to meet up with on Friday to go over another strategy.

It will likely be the first time inside the living storage that Rath Yatra, even though transpires right after next strategy by Temple Administration committee, will not be described as a devotee-studded matter. Before, on 5th June, the first time Lord Jagannath’s twelve-monthly Snan Purnima rituals had been located in the absence of fans due to the lockdown curbs in-location.

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