The Puri Jagannath temple Rath Yatra is an annual event which is attended by lakhs of people from all over the world! This very popular event marks the deities of the Puri Jagannath temple going on temple cars, which are pulled by thousands of devotees and happens over a period of 10 days. This year's Rath Yatra was a question mark with the outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic and a couple of days back, the Supreme Court had ruled against holding the Yatra, in the interest of the public. However, after repeated appeals and assurances from the Odisha State Government as well as the Temple administration board, the Supreme Court has relented and allowed the Yatra to happen!

Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra to happen without public

However, the Supreme Court has issued a number of riders to be followed while conducting the Jagannath temple Rath Yatra! It has stated that the public should not be in attendance and those pulling the Rath cannot exceed 500 per car. Also, the SC has strictly stated that a record should be maintained of all those participating in the Yatra and that they should all undergo COVID testing before and after the yatra, as well as maintain social distancing at all times. Those pulling the temple chariots and the people associated with the yatra alone would be allowed to participate while the public can watch the event on Television. A curfew has been imposed in Puri from tonight (22/06/2020) till mid-day of Wednesday (24/06/2020)! The Union Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed his happiness with the Supreme Court's decision, through a tweet!

Check out Amit Shah's tweet here: