The Supreme Court, in its order, prohibited the Rath Yatra to be held on June 23. A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said in its order that the Rath Yatra cannot be allowed in Puri this year, keeping in view the public health and safety interests. The Chief Justice had said that Lord Jagannath would not forgive us if we had allowed the Rath Yatra to be organized this year.
Expressing disappointment over the cancellation of this year’s Rath Yatra, Shankaracharya said, “well-planned plans have been made to stop the annual celebrations.” In a video message, Shankaracharya said, “The court could accept the review petition on June 20, requesting it to amend its June 18 stay order. Instances exist when the court has heard important matters even during the holiday.
The head of the temple management committee Gajapati Maharaj said in a letter to the Chief Minister, it is clearly written in these Puranas that Sri Sri Jagannath Mahaprabhu who is called Shri Purushottam in the Puranas is divine. He is not an avatar but has a permanent abode on earth. Rath Yatra is not just a tradition but a religious ritual that has been going on for centuries, it cannot be stopped under any circumstances, even if there is a corona virus epidemic.