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Will there be a chariot ride in Puri odisha on Kovid Second Wave?

COVID Juggernaut: Will Puri  Odisha Risk the COVID Curse to Yatra Success Again?   Even as cases increase, the community of priests is loyal...

Will there be a chariot ride in Puri odisha  on Kovid Second Wave?

COVID Juggernaut: Will Puri  Odisha Risk the COVID Curse to Yatra Success Again?

 Even as cases increase, the community of priests is loyal about their determination to move forward with Rath Yatra.
Even in a religious country like India, faith is supreme but it is no more valuable than human life. But even when the second wave of COVID-19 destroys the country, the priests and administration of Lord Jagannath in Puri Odisha seem unsurprising and eager to organize the annual Yatra Success.

Risk not worth taking, since more than 2 billion Indians have lost their lives with the virus.

Preparations for the world-renowned festival have already begun this year, despite hundreds of positive tests on COVID due to Yatra Success 2020 and a number of priests dying from the infection.

Sevayat Binayak Das Mohapatra Senior told the Quint: “We are to adhere to the COVID guidelines and organize the Yatra Success as it was last year without devotion.
Didn’t we learn anything from last year?

Many of them opposed last year’s festival, which was organized under enormous pressure from the community of priests. But it continued when the sevayats noticed that their writings violated all conflicting opinions from many quarters.

But everything that could not stop the efforts and lives was lost. Ten members of the Sevayat community died from the virus infection.
The worrying boom in Puri

Needless to say, the increase in cases last year was not as high as it was in 2021. On Thursday, May 6, India reported 4,12,262 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the count in the country to 2, 10. 77,410, and the death toll reached 2,30,168.

The situation in Puri is as bad as in the rest of the country, with a daily average of 500 to 600 cases detected.

Given the seriousness of the threat in the state, the government ordered a 14-day shutdown beginning May 5. This is in addition to the constant closing of the weekend and night curfews.
Administration uncertain, but preparations underway

Puri whispers lead us to assume that the state government is not in favor of a big meeting.

 However, preparations for the "Akshya Trutiya", a ritual that is the prelude to the festival, are already underway in Puri. This suggests that the temple administration and the sevayats decided to proceed with the process.

The community of priests is loyal to their determination to move forward with Rath Yatra. Sevayat Binayak Das Mohapatra Senior said, "We urge the authorities to allow rituals for Akshya Trutiya and Chandan Yatra outside, unlike last year when they were performed inside the temple premises."

When asked about planning the forthcoming Akshya Trutiya and Rath Yatra rituals, Puri collector Samarth Varma said that since closure took place, the administration would raise the issue of the Akshya Trutiya and the subsequent Chandan Yatra that before the temple management committee. and the Chhatisa Niyog, an autonomous body composed of higher shevayats.

However, warning of the possible consequences, senior journalist S Harichandan, who has been covering the festival for years in Puri, said: "What is needed at the moment is a bit of restraint. on the side of the priests. " He advised them to "keep their feelings about the public interest."

While the Yatra Success, which will take place on July 12 this year, is two months away, it should be decided in duplicate not to come under any pressure this time.

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