Just like 2020 when devotees didn’t participate because of Covid situation, this year too it would be repeated the same for their safety as the pandemic is still continuing. The famous Puri Rath Yatra 2021 is being conducted in Puri town from Monday, July 12 till Friday, July 23, keeping in mind the COVID-19 protocols set in place. The dates have been finalized by Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).
In the recent meet held by SJTA, it has been decided that everyone, including servitors involved in the rituals, will have to undergo RT-PCR tests or must have taken both the jabs of Coronavirus vaccines. Because of pandemic, no devotees will be allowed on the road during chariot pulling and other rituals happening. People can watch from their rooftops. Only the temple officials and servitors will be a part of the holy rituals.
Snana Yatra which was Lord Jagannath’s bathing rituals was conducted on June 24 amid COVID restrictions and tight security. The ‘Snana Yatra’ is organized on the full-moon day in ‘Jyestha’ month of the Hindu calendar, considered to be the birthday of Lord Jagannath, ahead of the Rath Yatra. This festival included bathing of the three deities, namely the trinity Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra.
Odisha: Visuals from Puri's Jagannath Temple on the occasion of Deba Snana Purnima
Celebrations began in the absence of devotees as the Chief Administrator of the temple had said that the festival will be live-streamed for them across the world pic.twitter.com/r4OtkMJkPu
— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2021
Trinity coming to Meet their Devotees outside
The trinity’s beautiful chariots with Lord Jagannath (brother), Devi Subhadra (sister), and Lord Balabhadra (elder brother) will be pulled from the Bada danda (Grand Road) to Gundicha temple (Lord Jaganath’s Mausi) on July 12. The Trinity are coming out in public to meet their devotees and bless them during Puri Rath Yatra 2021!
Because of the scorching heat, the complete Bada Danda road would be cooled with spray of water. Also, there would be first-aid units and drinking water facility made ready for the servitors while pulling the chariots. No other person is allowed near the chariot.
Ritual Schedule of Puri Temple
- June 24: Snan Purnima was there with the walking procession of the deities at 1 AM and ended by 4 AM.
- Followed by Sweeping of the bathing place by Dibyasingh Deb, the titular king of Puri.
- Then the deities were decorated with elephant attire between 11 AM and 12 noon.
- The trinity lords were taken to the Anasara Ghar (sick room). It is believed that after taking the bath, the Gods fall sick.
- Return procession of the deities from the bathing pandal to the sick room took place from 5 PM to 8 PM.
- Anasara rituals went on for the next 15 days.
- July 12: Rath Yatra procession begins at 8:30 AM. Chariot pulling to start at 4 PM.
- July 21: Suna Besha ritual (golden attire) will be held between 4 PM to 11 PM.
- July 23: Niladri Bijee ritual will be conducted which is the return of the trinity (Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra, Lord Balabhadra) to the main temple, will be held. The procession will begin at 4 PM and end at 10 PM.
Watch the auspicious Annual Puri Rath Yatra 2021 Live telecast on OTV Odiya and DD Odiya from July 12 till July 23 from Puri town. Devotees across India and across the world can take the blessings of Trinity – Lord Jagannath (brother), Devi Subhadra (sister), and Lord Balabhadra from the home TV itself. Even the English and Hindi News Channels will be telecasting Puri Rath Yatra! May the Trinity Lords and Goddess ward off the pandemic and keep their people healthy! Jai Jagannath!google.com, pub-3862145386704795, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
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