– The temple management committee, the state government and the central government will organize a rath yatra in coordination …
– Supreme Court (SC) allowed …
Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in the world famous Puri has finally been approved by the Supreme Court. In view of Corona, the Supreme Court allowed the rath yatra with conditions. The court said that even before Calra and the plague, the Rath Yatra took place between limited rules and pilgrimage, the Chief Justice said that the Supreme Court was only considering the yatra in Puri and not elsewhere in Odisha.
Now the temple management committee, the state government and the central government will organize this rath yatra in coordination. This will be done by following the Corona Rescue Guidelines. However, the Supreme Court said that if there is an increase in the number of corona cases in Puri, the state government will have the freedom to stop the Rath Yatra.
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Jagannath is associated with the English word ‘jagernaut’ …
Earlier on Thursday, Chief Justice SA Bobde had said that I recently came to know that the English word Juggernaut (JUGGERNAUT) is related to Lord Jagannath and it means non-stopable power. This was stated while announcing the decision to postpone the Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha on June 23 due to the Corona epidemic.
Actually, during the hearing on June 18, the Chief Justice had said, “If we have allowed the Rath Yatra this year, Lord Jagannath will not forgive us. There may not be such a large gathering during the pandemic. “The bench also asked the Odisha government not to allow travel, pilgrimage or related activities anywhere in the state to prevent the spread of corona virus.
Supreme Court has allowed Rath Yatra to be conducted in Puri, Odisha with certain restrictions. https://t.co/MhteNWUapm
– ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2020
But a number of reconsideration petitions were filed regarding the court’s decision. On hearing this today, the Court, reversing its earlier decision, has allowed the Jagannath Rath Yatra to be removed with certain conditions.
At the same time, while giving the green signal to the rath yatra, the court also said that 10 lakh devotees are expected to gather during the 12-day yatra. Looking at the corona, it can be fatal because it would be difficult to track such a large number of traffic. In the 18–19 century, during the yatra, diseases like cholera spread.
This discussion took place in court …
Earlier, the Solicitor General said that Shankaracharya, Gajapati of Puri and Jagannath Temple Committee could be allowed to visit in consultation. The central government also wants that the ritual of yatra can be carried out through at least the necessary people.
On this, the Chief Justice said that why Shankaracharya is being included? The trust and temple committee already organizes. Why is the government inducting Shankaracharya?
Central government lawyer (Tusshar Mehta) – No, we are talking about consultations. He is the supreme religious teacher. Lawyer Harish Salve said curfew should be imposed. Drag the chariot into service or police personnel who are Kovid negative.
Chief Justice (CJI) – We know. All this micro management is the responsibility of the state government. Following the provisions of the Guidelines of the Center, arrangements should be made according to public health.
The arrangement will be according to the Solicitor General – Guideline.
CJI – Which guideline are you talking about?
Mehta – Guidelines on public health will be followed.
Advocate (Ranjit Kumar) of Odisha Development Council – 10 to 12 days journey. If any problem occurs during this period then alternative arrangements are necessary. There are 2.5 thousand Pandas in the temple. Let everyone not be included.
CJI- We will not do micro management. According to the health guidelines, the government should take steps. We will not give any detailed order (on how to travel).
The counsel for the Odisha government said that we will organize the yatra in coordination with the temple committee and the center. A lawyer of the institution of the devotees said that we have no problem if the yatra is live. In this way worship will also be done and people’s health will also be safe.
Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Jagannath Temple Management Committee Chairman Gajapati Maharaja Divyasingh Dev on Monday amid uncertainty over Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri this year. State BJP president Sameer Mohanty said that Shah discussed the tradition associated with the ongoing Rath Yatra since 1736.
In a tweet, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Gajapati Maharaj on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an exclusive devotee of Lord Jagannath. Mohanty said, I hope that the Supreme Court will approve this year’s Rath Yatra in Puri.
He said Shah also interacted with Dev about the religious sentiments associated with the festival. The Rath Yatra of Puri attracts millions of devotees from all over the world every year.
The glory of being involved in a rath yatra…
Rath Yatra is a festival in which Lord Jagannath walks among his devotees and participates in their grief. Its importance is also mentioned in the scriptures and the Puranas. In the Skanda Purana it is clearly stated that whoever joins the Rath Yatra goes to Gundicha Nagar.
He is freed from the cycle of life and death. At the same time, the devotees who visit Sreejagannathji, bowing and passing through the dust and mud of the path, go directly to the best abode of Lord Shri Vishnu. Apart from this, those who see Sri Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra Devi, who are seated on the chariot in the Gundicha Mandap, come to the south.
Importance of Jagannath Rath Yatra
Jagannath Rath Yatra has a great importance in Hinduism. According to the beliefs, Lord Jagannath is taken out of the Rath Yatra to the famous Gundicha Mata Temple. Here Lord Jagannath rest.
Massive preparations are made at Gundicha Mata temple and water is brought from the Indradyuman lake to clean the temple. The greatest significance of the yatra is that it is celebrated like a festival all over India. Jagannath temple is considered one of the Char Dham. Therefore, there is a mention in the scriptures about joining this journey once in life.
Hundred sacrifices are equal to virtue-
Lord Jagannath is considered an incarnation of Shri Krishna. Whose glory is also mentioned in religious texts and Puranas. It is believed that the Jagannath rath yatra consists of the chariots of Lord Krishna and his brother Balarama and sister Subhadra. Those who join this rath yatra and pull the chariot get a virtuous benefit equal to a hundred yagyas.
Lakhs of people join during the Rath Yatra and it takes a huge influx of devotees to pull the chariot. Jagannath Yatra is done on the second date of Shukla Paksha of Ashadha month according to Hindu Panchag.