Janardhan Pattajoshi Mohapatra, who’s the hereditary chief servitor of Lord Jagannatha of the Jagannatha Temple at Puri, Odisha, moved the Supreme Courtroom on Friday looking for recall of the highest court docket’s June 18 order which had barred holding of the annual Hindu pageant of Rath Yatra this yr in view of the risk posed by Covid-19 pandemic.
Mohapatra submitted that the Rath Yatra has an unbroken custom and is a vital follow of the Jagannatha temple which the temple directors ought to mandatorily observe beneath all circumstance.
“Any interruption within the observance of this necessary non secular follow impacts the very sanctity of the temple and all its future rituals, in addition to the religion of tens of millions of devotees the world over who perceive and revere the importance of the Rath Yatra,” the appliance acknowledged.
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Mohapatra, subsequently, instructed that as a substitute of imposing a blanket ban on the Rath Yatra and the pageant and rituals related to it, the pageant will be held with out public participation by imposing a curfew within the metropolis of Puri and shutting the town borders.
“If a curfew is imposed on the day of Rath Yatra and the Rathas are pulled with the assistance of earthmovers, the whole journey of Lord Jagannatha from the Shri Jagannath Temple to Gundicha mandir of round 2.eight kilometres will be accomplished in lower than one hour. An absolute bar on the efficiency of such a vital ritual shouldn’t be essential to guard public well being”, the appliance filed by means of advocate Suvidutt Sundaram acknowledged.
The Rath Yatra is a pageant related to Lord Jagannatha. It was scheduled to start this yr on June 23. The pageant lasts for 10 to 12 days and entails a procession of chariots containing the deities Lord Jagannatha, his brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra.
The Supreme Courtroom had ordered a keep on the pageant and all actions related to it this yr stating that permitting the identical would result in a congregation of greater than 10 lakh devotees in violation of social distancing norms which may compromise public well being and security.
This order was handed in a petition filed by an NGO, Odisha Vikas Parishad which had moved the highest court docket declaring the general public well being danger concerned if the annual occasion is allowed to happen.
The NGO referred to the Tablighi Jamaat incident which was a Muslim non secular congregation held in mid-March on the Nizamuddin space in Delhi which led to a spurt in Covid-19 circumstances throughout the nation after individuals from numerous elements of the nation and even international nations had attended the occasion.
“Of about 4,400 Covid-19 constructive circumstances in India as on April 7, practically one third had been associated to the non secular gathering on the Markaz, Delhi. Thus, to be able to keep away from any comparable situations of outbreak of Covid-19 circumstances, a spiritual gathering within the nature of Rath Yatra pageant should be averted”, the petition had acknowledged.
“Having regard to the hazard offered by such a big gathering of individuals for the Rath Yatra, we take into account it acceptable within the pursuits of public well being and security of residents who’re devotees to restrain the respondents (state and district authorities and the managing committee of Jagannatha temple) from holding the Rath Yatra this yr”, the bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde had ordered.
The court docket had additionally directed that no such Rath Yatra ought to be allowed in another a part of Odisha.
Mohapatra identified that the Rath Yatra has been performed beneath all circumstances since time immemorial together with through the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918.
“The Rath Yatra is a vital, necessary, integral and indispensable non secular follow which has scriptural sanction. Non-conduct of the Rath Yatra has penalties not just for the sanctity of the temple but in addition for the society on the whole”, his utility stated.
He, subsequently, instructed that the state authorities could make an announcement that the Rath Yatra might be performed with completely no participation from the general public and strict penal penalties will observe if any try is made to enter Puri through the Rath Yatra.
“Preparations for live-broadcasting of the Rath Yatra could also be allowed like yearly to allow the crores of devotees the world over, together with the residents of Puri to have Darshan of the three deities”, the plea stated.