In the end moment verdict by the Supreme Court, the Rath Yatra has been given a nod to commence with precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Festival of Chariots aka Rath Yatra festival in honour of Lord Jagannath is a splendid celebration. The most awaited festival of Orissa is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, his sister Goddess Subhadra and elder brother Balabhadra.

Since all three idols of the temple – Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra – move in three different chariots during this festival, it is given the name Festival of Chariots. The chariots are named Nandighosha, Taladhwaja, and Devadalana respectively.

Amidst the pandemic scare, all entry points to Puri were secured to steer clear of the public in order to adhere to the social distancing norms. Not more than 500 people, including servitors and security personnel, are allowed to pull one chariot and all of them must have a mandatory negative test report for Coronavirus.

While some devotees are upset some are finding solace in the fact that the Lord would never want any harm to befall on his devotees in these testing times.

It is believed that every year Lord Jagannath desires to visit his birthplace Mathura. To fulfill his wish, this yatra is conducted from the Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple.

Check out the devotees wishing on the auspicious occasion:

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