Jagannath Rath Yatra

Supreme Court allows Rath Yatra in Puri

Lord Jagannath’s Puri Rath Yatra 2021 to be held on next week:

As per the Gregorian calendar, the festival currently falls in the month of June or July. Read on to know the entire schedule of Lord Jagannath’s Puri Rath Yatra in 2021.

Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana studied the state’s decision in light of the Covid situation in Odisha, and dismissed all petitions

The Supreme Court said it would not interfere with an Odisha government order limiting this year’s Rath Yatra to the Puri Jagannath Temple (which can only hold the iconic chariot festival on July 12, and under strict rules) due to concern over the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The top court was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the state government’s decision, which had been upheld by the Odisha High Court last month. The petitioners wanted Rath Yatras to be held in Kendrapara and Bargarh districts of the state, as well as Puri.

A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana studied the state’s decision in light of the Covid situation in Odisha and across the country, and dismissed all petitions.

“We hope and trust God will allow the Rath Yatra next time,” the Chief Justice said.

“I also go to Puri every year… but have not gone for the last one-and-a-half years. I do puja at home… it can be done at home. (The state) government has taken the right decision,” he added.

Puri Rath Yatra 2021: The world-famous Puri Rath Yatra 2021 also known as the Chariot festival is a yearly event that is all set to commence in the coming week. However, the festival is organized at the famous Jagannatha temple in Puri, Odisha, India. Three divinities are worshipped on the festival day — Lord Balabhadra, who is the elder brother of Lord Jagannath; Subhadra, who is the sister of Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra; and Lord Jagannath.

The Yatra usually begins on the Dwitiya Tithi (second day), Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon), in the Hindu month of Aashadha. As per, Gregorian calendar the festival currently falls in the month of June or July. Read on to know the entire schedule of Lord Jagannath’s Puri Rath Yatra in 2021.

Puri Rath Yatra 2021: Date and tithi

The Jagannath Temple is one of the four prime pilgrimages of Hindus that holds immense religious significance. This year, Ratha Yatra will be celebrated on Monday, July 12, 2021. The Dwitiya Tithi begins at 07:47 on July 11, 2021, and ends at 08:19 on July 12, 2021.

Puri Rath Yatra 2021: Entire schedule

Check the entire schedule of the Puri Rath Yatra 2021:

Gundicha Yatra: July 12 (Monday)

  • Pahandi: From 8.30 am
  • Chera Panhara: From 2 pm
  • Pulling of Chariots: From 3 pm

Bahuda Yatra: July 20 (Tuesday)

  • Pahandi: From 12 pm to 2.30 pm
  • Pulling of chariots: From 4 pm

Suna Besha: July 21 (Wednesday)

  • Rituals to be conducted between 4 pm and 5:30 pm

Adhar Pana: July 22 (Thursday)

  • Rituals to be completed by 8 pm

Niladri Bije: July 23 (Friday)

  • Pahandi: Between 4 pm and 10 pm

However, the Odisha government has announced that devotees will be barred from participating in the annual Rath Yatra, which will only be held in Puri amid strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said the Odisha government has decided to impose similar restrictions like last year during Rath Yatra, which is scheduled to be held on July 12, 2021.

Rath Yatra in 2021: Name of the three chariots

The names of the three raths (Chariots) belonging to the three deities are:

  • Lord Jagannath: Nandighosa
  • Lord Balabhadra: Taladhwaja
  • Goddess Subhadra: Darpadalana

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