Puri: For the second consecutive year, the annual Rath Yatra will be held without the participation of devotees and only those servitors who test negative for Covid-19 would be allowed to participate in pulling of the chariots in the wake of the pandemic. Multilayered security arrangements and mandatory adherence to social distancing norms are in place for the smooth conduct of Lord Jagannath’s annual Rath Yatra, scheduled to begin from Monday in Odisha’s Puri.
Earlier on Sunday, the district administration has imposed a curfew from 8 PM for two days. The administration has completely restricted activities excluding medical emergencies across the 3-km long Grand Road from Shree Jagannath Temple to Sri Gunducha Temple.
Key Things to Know:
- No shop or essential activity will be allowed on Grand Road.
- People can witness the festival on their TV sets as the government has made arrangements to give free-of-cost feed to different channels and web portals.
- All the entry points to Puri town have been sealed to ensure none can enter the grand road when the festival is going on.
- Pulling off the holy chariots will start at 3 pm, Monday after the Puri king, Gajapati Maharaja Divyasngha Deb performs the rituals of Chhera Pahra (sweeping of chariot).
- Puri is currently under a 48-hour curfew. The restrictions will remain in place till July 13.