Puri Rath Yatra 2021: Curfew in Puri on Rath Yatra, Roof top gatherings prohibited

  • | Sunday | 4th July, 2021

A day before the festival on July 12, a curfew would be imposed in Puri city which would be in effect till noon the next day

The Odisha government on Saturday said that this year`s annual Rath Yatra festival will be held without crowds of devotees and they will not be allowed to watch the rath yatra from rooftops.

Puri District Magistrate Samarth Verma told reporters here that the administration has reviewed its decision and restrictions have also been imposed on viewing the Rath Yatra from the roofs of homes and hotels.

He said that a day before the festival on July 12, a curfew would be imposed in Puri city which would be in effect till noon the next day. Verma said that this festival of Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Jagannath is being celebrated for the second consecutive year without the participation of devotees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He appealed to the people of the city to watch the live telecast of the festival on television.

Puri Rath Yatra 2021 Schedule:

The world-famous Rath Yatra will be held on July 12. The chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra will be pulled to the Gundicha temple, which is about three kilometres away from the main temple on the day of Rath Yatra. The Rath Yatra will start on July 12 at 8.30 am and the process of pulling the chariots will start from 4 pm. After this, the three deities will be brought back to the main temple on 23 July.

Snan Purnima will start on 24th June with Pahandi at 1 am and will end by 4 pm. After this there will be a ritual of `Chhera-Pahanra`. Its timing has been kept at 10:30 in the morning. All the three deities will be given a bath. Puri Maharaja Gajapati Raja Dibyasingha will clean the bathing-place; later, the deities will be dressed in clothes and taken towards Anasara Ghar between 11 am to 12 pm. The Lord will be dressed in Gajanan Besa or Hathi Besa.

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