No Rath Yatra across Odisha, only at Puri Jagannath temple, SC says | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to permit Rath Yatra across Odisha except at Puri Jagannath temple.
The Odisha govt had earlier permitted Rath Yatra only at Puri and allowed rituals within temple premises of all other Jagannath temples.
A plea was filed in the Supreme Court against the Orissa High Court order dismissing a batch of petitions challenging the state government’s directive to restrict observing of Rath Yatra in temples due to Covid, and it said a total ban on the ritual will be “against the right to religion”.
The apex court said it it agrees with the decision of the Odisha govt order given the fears of Covid spread. A bench headed CJI N V Ramana was informed by Odisha govt that it would be impossible for the state to ensure observance of strict Covid protocol in thousands of Jagannath temples across the state.
CJI Ramana said that he is a devotee of Lord Jagannath and wants to visit Puri temple for last one and a half years.
“But situation is such that I have to pray from a distance. If Rath Yatra is permitted, it will be the devotees who could suffer and we don’t want to take the risk,” he said.
The Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri is an annual ritual and this time it is scheduled for July 12.

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