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State Sends Rath Query

Odisha Government has sought clarification from the Union Government  over construction of chariots for Trinity’s Annual Rath Jatra.

Central Government has been asked on the issue, whether to allow activities outside the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri during the lockdown period.
Earlier, Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee (SJTMC) sought its permission of the State Government to go ahead with the chariot construction in Puri as uncertainty loomed over holding of Rath Jatra scheduled on 23 June.
“We have sought clarification from the Centre on whether to allow chariot construction during the lockdown period,” Minister Law, Pratap Jena said.
 Minister Mr.Jena said that clarification is required as the lockdown has been imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) till 17 May. The chariot construction is to take place outside the temple premises.
With delay in taking decision by the State Government,  opposition parties, servitors and religious heads criticized  the Administration for making delay in granting permission for the chariot construction.
“There is no need to seek permission from the Centre. The state is capable of allowing the activities in green zone,” Saffron Veteran Bijoy Mohapatra pointed out.
PCC President Niranjan Patnaik said the state government should take a decision without further delay as the annual Rath Jatra of the Lord is scheduled on June 23.
“We will accept whatever decision the state takes keeping in view the public health in wake of the COVID pandemic,” Congress Veteran said.
Senior Servitors expressed resentment over the State Government’s act of delaying the process.
“There should be no delay in the Lord’s work. Say yes or no. Making delay in taking decision is creating confusion among crores of Hindus,” said Binayak Dasmohapatra, a senior servitor of Shree Jagannath Temple.
 Bijay Mohapatra, Chief Carpenter of Lord Jagannath’s Nadighosha Rath expressed concern over the delay in beginning of the construction work.

“We have already lost 10 working days. The chariot construction work should have been started from Akshya Tritiya day (April 26. I do not see least possibility of conducting Rath Jatra this time,” Chief Carpenter pointed out.
 


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