Ahmedabad: A symbolic Rath Yatra was organised within the Lord Jagannath temple premises on Tuesday after the Gujarat Excessive Court docket rejected the state authorities’s plea to hold out public procession.
For the primary time in 143 years, this world-renowned occasion was held with out the accompaniment of troupes, tableaux and public participation in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
Early within the morning, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani carried out ‘Pahind Vidhi’, a ritual of cleansing the highway with a golden broom, for the chariots of Lord Jagannath, his sister Subhadra and brother Balram to embark on their journey.
After the ritual, three chariots started a symbolic yatra with out the same old festivities contained in the premises of the Lord Jagannath temple in Jamalpur space of the town.
In a late-night judgment, the excessive court docket refused to vary its earlier order which stayed the yatra and requested the temple to go for a symbolic procession inside its premises, as an alternative of taking out a grand procession within the metropolis.
Following the order, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his spouse Anjaliben Rupani reached the temple early Tuesday morning and carried out ‘Pahind Vidhi’.
That is the 143rd Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, and for the primary time it’s devoid of the same old procession, temple trustee Mahendra Jha mentioned, including that only a few folks have been allowed contained in the temple premises in a bid to include the unfold of coronavirus.
After performing ‘Pahind Vidhi’, the chief minister mentioned his authorities was able to even impose curfew on the route in order that the procession may very well be taken out with out risking the well being of individuals.
“We had requested the high court to grant us permission on the lines of the Supreme Court’s nod to carry out Rath Yatra in Puri. The hearing went on till late Monday night but the high court did not give us permission. Now, the chariots will move inside the temple premises,” Rupani informed reporters earlier than leaving.
As per the custom, youths from the Khalasi group pulled the chariots contained in the temple premises.
Historically, the procession, led by chariots, would begin early morning from the 400-year-old temple and return by late night. It used to take a one-hour break at Saraspur for lunch.
Lakhs of individuals used to assemble alongside the route on ‘Ashadhi Beej’ yearly to catch a glimpse of the adorned elephants and tableaux transferring round in some 100 vans.
The procession used to come back again to the Lord Jagannath Temple after protecting a distance of 18 km in 12 hours.
However this time, the chariots will stay contained in the temple premises.
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