Rath Yatra 2021: The Three Chariots All Set To Roll On The Grand Road
Puri: The annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath along with his two siblings in Puri commences sans devotees and curfew for the second year on Monday.
The three chariots, Taladhwaja of Lord Balabadhra, Nandighosh of Lord Jagannath and Darpadalan of Devi Subhadra are all set to roll on the grand road amidst tight security arrangements.
The servitors brought the three deities to the chariots and Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb did the chera pahara of the three chariots. Pulling of the chariots started at 12.15 Pm.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration made all arrangements to avoid huge gatherings of devotees. A 48 hour curfew has been imposed in Puri from 11 July 8.00 Pm to bar devotees from reaching the city for the annual festival.
The administration has also asked people not to congregate on roof tops in large numbers to witness the festivals. Security guards have also been deployed on roofs of the residential houses, hotels, lodges and guest houses to restrict people from gathering.
Like 2020, during the second wave of the pandemic, the Supreme Court has allowed the conduct of Rath Yatra in Puri with certain guidelines and restrictions. Only fully vaccinated servitors and servitors with Covid negative reports are allowed to participate. As per Supreme Court guidelines only 500 servitors are allowed to pull each chariot during the festival.
President Ram Nath Kovind greeted people on the occasions of Rath Yatra.
भगवान जगन्नाथ की रथ यात्रा के शुभ अवसर पर सभी देशवासियों, विशेष रूप से ओडिशा में सभी श्रद्धालुओं को मेरी हार्दिक बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं। मैं कामना करता हूँ कि प्रभु जगन्नाथ के आशीर्वाद से सभी देशवासियों का जीवन सुख, समृद्धि और स्वास्थ्य से परिपूर्ण बना रहे।
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 12, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the nation.
Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of the Rath Yatra. We bow to Lord Jagannath and pray that his blessings bring good health and prosperity in everyone’s lives. Jai Jagannath!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 12, 2021
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also greeted on the auspicious occasion of the Rath Yatra.
ମହାପ୍ରଭୁ ଶ୍ରୀ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କ ପବିତ୍ର ରଥଯାତ୍ରା ଉପଲକ୍ଷେ ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ ଓ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା। ଚତୁର୍ଦ୍ଧାମୂର୍ତ୍ତିଙ୍କ ଅପାର କରୁଣାରୁ କୋଭିଡ ସଙ୍କଟ ଶୀଘ୍ର ଦୂର ହେଉ। ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କ ସୁଖ, ସମୃଦ୍ଧି ଓ ମଙ୍ଗଳମୟ ଜୀବନ ପାଇଁ ମହାପ୍ରଭୁଙ୍କ ନିକଟରେ ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା କରୁଛି। #ରଥଯାତ୍ରା୨୦୨୧ pic.twitter.com/lbFMULZz7k
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 12, 2021