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No Rath Jatra In Baripada

 
Shree Haribaladev Jew Temple in Baraipda and more than two dozen of temples across Odisha have decided not to conduct the Annual Rath Jatra outside their premises.

In Baripada, where Rath Jatra is being held since 445 years without any break, this time will not witness rolling of chariots in view of the COVID-19 situation.

The Managing Committee of the Sri Haribaladev Jew  Mahaprabhu Temple in Baripada of Mayurbhanj District on 17 June decided to not to organize chariot pulling this year.

The Committee in a meeting felt that the Rath Jatra in absence of devotees may hurt religious sentiments of the people, but it is not possible to avoid congregation of large number of people during the festival.

Therefore, the committee decided that the Ratha Jatra rituals will be held inside the temple premises during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, there will be no outside Rath Jatra in 12 temples in Balasore district.
Ratha Jatra will not be held at Baliapal Shree Jagannath Temple. Similarly, the festival will also not be organized at ISKCON temple in Jaleswar.
Similarly, Ratha Jatra will also not be held in major Shree Jagannath temples in Kandhamal, Bolangir, Sambalpur,  Mayurbhanj and Gajapati districts also.
Meanwhile, there is heavy pressure on the State Government to conduct Puri Ratha Jatra this year even during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The opposition BJP and Congress have criticized the State Government’s silence over the matter. They demanded immediate clarification on whether to hold the festival or not.
The matter has now gone to the Supreme Court while two people opposed the Jatra and one petition made in support of the mega festival.
The Apex Court is likely to hear the petitions on Thursday.
Coinciding the SC’s hearing of the Ratha Jatra case, Odisha Government also fixed its Cabinet meeting on Thursday evening where it may be taken a final decision on holding the festival.
Therefore, Thursday is very crucial for Odisha as both the Apex Court and the State Government may take some decision on holding the Trinity’s Annual Ratha Jatra in Puri on June 23.
 


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