Days after the Supreme Court(Stalled Rath Yatra: Gajapati urges CM Naveen to file a fresh plea in the apex court) ordered stay on holding the annual Rath Yatra, Puri king– Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb wrote a letter to CM Naveen Patnaik to accost the court for the alteration of the order to authorize the festival in Puri.
After the court order, several priests protested in front of the Jagannath temple in Puri, demanding that the festival be held as scheduled. This amid mounting demand from the public has given an immense pressure to the Odisha Government as it will hurt the religious sentiments of countless devotees all around the nation.
Even the chairperson of the Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee claimed that the State Government did not properly advise the Supreme Court on plans to hold a crowd-less festival and earlier they had also recommended that without any assemblage of general public Rath Yatra was possibly similar to the way ‘Snan Purnima’ was conducted on June 5.
The Puri King stated that under the 1964 order of SC, the Rath Yatra of Puri is unique which requires special treatment by the state government. The Yatra has not been stopped for any reason in the course of Odisha’s long history and was performed even during the worst natural disasters and pandemics.
Even during the attack of Mughal forces during the 16th, 18th centuries where the conduct of Yatra was impossible, it still helped with all the precautions. Lakhs of people can witness the festival through television as it has been done during the Snan Purnima.
Instead of resisting the petition soliciting cancellation of the Ratha Yatra, the state government’s counsel resembled to have supported it.
He urges to re-consider this sensitive issue of stopping Ratha Yatra in Puri and requested the State Government for accosting Hon’ble Supreme Court to permit the performance of Rath Yatra under the guidelines issued by Centre and State Government for the spread of the virus among the people.