Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra
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The administration has imposed restrictions on the three-km-long Grand Road between Shree Jagannath Temple to Shree Gundicha Mandir where all activities except for medical emergencies will remain prohibited. In view of the current situation of Kovid epidemic, at least 65 squads have been deployed for smooth conduct of this annual religious event. Each squad consists of 30 jawans.
Puri District Magistrate Samarth Verma said that an appeal has been made to the people not to leave their homes during the curfew period from 8 pm on Sunday to 8 pm on Tuesday and not to gather crowds on Grand Road. He said that people can enjoy the festival on their TV and the government has made arrangements in this regard.
Let us tell you, Jagannath Rath Yatra is starting from Monday i.e. today, which will end on 20th July on Devshayani Ekadashi. However, like last year, this year also due to Corona guidelines, lakhs of devotees will not be able to participate in the Rath Yatra.
Jagannath Yatra, which is taken out in the memory of Lord Jagannath, is a very famous festival of Hindu religion. Every year a huge event of Jagannath Rath Yatra is organized in Puri (Orissa).
Jagannath Rath Yatra lasts for ten days
According to the Hindu calendar, every year Jagannath Rath Yatra is organized with great enthusiasm on the second day of Shukla Paksha of Ashadh month. In this year 2021, this holy yatra will start from Monday, July 12 and it will be concluded on July 20, Tuesday, with the festival of Devshayani Ekadashi as per the rules and regulations. The beginning is going on from Akshaya Tritiya i.e. 15 May 2021. This journey of Lord Jagannath lasts for about ten days, in which on the first day Lord Jagannath is taken to the temple of Gundicha Mata.