The chariots of Lord Jagnnath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra at the Gundicha temple before staring the journey back to the Jagannath temple in Puri(HT PHOTO)
The chariots of Lord Jagnnath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra at the Gundicha temple before staring the journey back to the Jagannath temple in Puri(HT PHOTO)

Chariots of Lord Jagannath and siblings return to main temple without devotees

There were no devotees in line with a Supreme Court order of June 22 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2020 03:13 PM IST

The Bahuda Yatra signifying the return of the holy trinity of Lord Jagannath and his siblings to the 12th century Jagannath temple in Puri began Wednesday morning with servitors pulling the chariots back from the Gundicha temple.

There were no devotees in line with a Supreme Court order in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. On June 23 too, the Rath Yatra took place without any devotees.

After the morning rituals at Gundicha temple, the three deities set off for the main temple atop their respective chariots. Lord Balabhadra, the eldest was the first to set off in his red-bluish green coloured chariot Taladhwaja, followed by Goddess Subhadra in red-black chariot Darpadalana. Lord Jagannath was the last to start in his red-yellow chariot Nandighosha.

The ritual of chhera pahanra (sweeping) was performed by Puri king Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb on three chariots between 10.30 am and 11.15 am. The pulling of chariots started at 11.25 am, ahead of a schedule fixed by the Sri Jagannath temple administration. The entire process is being telecast live by Doordarshan as well as state government’s own agencies.

Sri Jagannath temple chief administrator Dr Krishan Kumar said all the rituals of the festival till now have been completed on time.

This was also the first time in 285 years when the Bahuda Yatra like the Rath Yatra was held without the presence of a single devotee.

The Rath Yatra was earlier stalled following SC order on June 18. However, following interventions by several individuals including the head priest of the temple, the apex court had allowed the Rath Yatra on the condition that there is no public attendance and all entry points into Puri will remain closed. It also said each of 3 chariots, would be pulled by not more than 500 people who test negative for coronavirus.

Though around 2,000 servitors were tested ahead of the Rath Yatra on June 23, over 5,500 persons including servitors, police, staff of temple administration and sanitary staff were again tested for the Bahuda Yatra two days ago. Out of them 12 including a servitor tested positive for coronavirus.

“The persons who tested positive have been isolated and their contact tracing is on. All the servitors who took part in today’s Bahuda Yatra had tested negative for Covid,” said Puri district collector Balwant Singh.

After arriving at Simhadwar, the main gate of the Jagannath temple, the three deities will be draped in Sunabesha (golden attire) on Thursday.

Adharpana ritual, which witnesses serving 100 litres of pana (sweet drink) to the deities in specially made terracotta pots, will be held on Friday. On Saturday, the three deities would be taken back to the main temple in a ritual called Niladri Bije.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Rescheduling of an appointment has to be done before the appointment day.
Rescheduling of an appointment has to be done before the appointment day.

5 things to keep in mind while registering on Co-Win for covid-19 vaccine

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 11:57 AM IST
Confirmation details have to be download, rescheduling can be done only before the appointment day.
Close
Landslide occured at Shabanbas Banihal in the wee hours of Wednesday.(ANI file photo)
Landslide occured at Shabanbas Banihal in the wee hours of Wednesday.(ANI file photo)

Landslide blocks Srinagar-Jammu national highway, restoration work underway

ANI, Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 11:15 AM IST
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a fresh feeble Western Disturbance as a cyclonic circulation lies over Jammu and Kashmir.
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday discussed the steps taken in this year’s budget for the education sector.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday discussed the steps taken in this year’s budget for the education sector.

Education second biggest focus of Union Budget 2021, says PM Modi

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 11:16 AM IST
The budget has broadened India's efforts to link education with employability and entrepreneurial capability, PM Modi said.
Close
Naveen Patnaik government is starting an OBC survey to study their social and educational status in the state. The last such survey is 90-years old.(HT photo)
Naveen Patnaik government is starting an OBC survey to study their social and educational status in the state. The last such survey is 90-years old.(HT photo)

Odisha: Opposition says OBC survey bid to create vote bank by Naveen Patnaik

By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 11:10 AM IST
  • A former state minister said that the OBC survey was an attempt to create an OBC votebank and this would be the first instance in Odisha of influencing voting as per caste lines.
Close
Goa’s mining industry came to a halt in March 2018 after the Supreme Court ruled that the mining lease renewals granted by the state government were not as per law.(HT PHOTO)
Goa’s mining industry came to a halt in March 2018 after the Supreme Court ruled that the mining lease renewals granted by the state government were not as per law.(HT PHOTO)

Goa ecologists, miners oppose Centre’s proposed amendments to mining act

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:21 AM IST
  • Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA), a body of mine owners, said they have written to the Centre expressing reservations over the proposed amendments.
Close
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 29, 2017, a man checks his cell phone as he waits in line to enter the US Supreme Court to view a hearing in Washington, DC, Carpenter v. United States on whether prosecutors violated the Fourth Amendment by collecting a criminal suspect's cellphone location and movement data without a warrant. In a landmark digital privacy case, the US Supreme Court ruled Friday, June 22, 2018, that police need a warrant before obtaining cell phone location data about a suspect from telecom companies. In a 5-4 decision, the nation's highest court said that cell phone location data is protected under the Fourth Amendment, which guards against unreasonable search and seizure. The case stemmed from the police acquiring mobile phone location information about a robbery suspect without a warrant. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / ALEX WONG (AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 29, 2017, a man checks his cell phone as he waits in line to enter the US Supreme Court to view a hearing in Washington, DC, Carpenter v. United States on whether prosecutors violated the Fourth Amendment by collecting a criminal suspect's cellphone location and movement data without a warrant. In a landmark digital privacy case, the US Supreme Court ruled Friday, June 22, 2018, that police need a warrant before obtaining cell phone location data about a suspect from telecom companies. In a 5-4 decision, the nation's highest court said that cell phone location data is protected under the Fourth Amendment, which guards against unreasonable search and seizure. The case stemmed from the police acquiring mobile phone location information about a robbery suspect without a warrant. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / ALEX WONG (AFP)

Manipur DM issues notice under new digital rules, withdraws it: See details here

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:09 AM IST
The notice was issued over a talk show on current affairs and news hosted on a social media platform under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, notified on February 25
Close
Elderly people wait for their turn to get vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Thane,(PTI)
Elderly people wait for their turn to get vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Thane,(PTI)

With 14,989 fresh Covid-19 infections, India's active cases surge past 1.7 lakh

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:02 AM IST
On Tuesday, India's active cases were around 1.68 lakh. But in the last 24 hours, India reported more infections than recoveries.
Close
On Tuesday morning, the Delhi Police briefly opened the Ghazipur border for traffic only to be closed in the afternoon. The entry and exit points between Delhi and Haryana, passing through Singhu, Tikri, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari and Saboli and Mangesh continue to remain closed. (PTI)
On Tuesday morning, the Delhi Police briefly opened the Ghazipur border for traffic only to be closed in the afternoon. The entry and exit points between Delhi and Haryana, passing through Singhu, Tikri, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari and Saboli and Mangesh continue to remain closed. (PTI)

News updates from HT | Farmers’ protest: Multiple Delhi borders closed

PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:39 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)

Amid row over Azad, J&K Congress leaders meet Rahul Gandhi

PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:35 AM IST
The leaders apprised Gandhi about the current state of affairs on the political front and the activities of the party in Jammu and Kashmir, said an official statement issued here
Close
The streaming service on Tuesday issued an apology to its Indian viewers for offending some sentiments.
The streaming service on Tuesday issued an apology to its Indian viewers for offending some sentiments.

'Tandav' row: SC to hear Amazon Prime head's anticipatory bail plea

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:11 AM IST
In January, Aparna Purohit, 'Tandav' actor Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, and the makers had approached the Supreme court seeking protection from arrest on the FIRs. The top court at that time denied granting interim protection
Close
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

EC meets revenue officials ahead of assembly polls

By Deeksha Bhardwaj
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:17 AM IST
The EC has issued directions for strict action against any financial misconduct in the elections. Around 187 million people in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry will vote to elect 824 lawmakers from March 27
Close
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal held a meeting in favour of the farm laws in Patna.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal held a meeting in favour of the farm laws in Patna.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Notice served under new IT rules in Manipur, withdrawn

By Utpal Parashar, Sunetra Choudhury, Guwahati, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:14 AM IST
  • The notice under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 notified on February 25, was issued on March 1 and served on Tuesday morning to the publisher/intermediary of Khanasi Neinasi, which means Let’s Talk in Manipuri.
Close
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

NIA arrests BSF officer for helping cross-border drug smugglers

By Neeraj Chauhan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:08 AM IST
Romesh Kumar is the second security person to be arrested in Jammu & Kashmir since January 2020 for allegedly helping terrorists
Close
Senior citizens at BKC in Mumbai waiting for vaccine registration on Tuesday. Photo by Pratik Chorge
Senior citizens at BKC in Mumbai waiting for vaccine registration on Tuesday. Photo by Pratik Chorge

More private hospitals to become vaccine sites, Centre allows states to decide

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 08:50 AM IST
The Centre has also asked states to not store vaccines or to create a buffer stock, apprehending any future shortage.
Close
A boy sells a water pot for summer days at Sahakar nagar in Pune, India, on Sunday, February 28. (Rahul Raut/HT photo)
A boy sells a water pot for summer days at Sahakar nagar in Pune, India, on Sunday, February 28. (Rahul Raut/HT photo)

High maximum temperatures to persist for another 4-5 days: IMD

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 08:17 AM IST
A feeble Western Disturbance as a cyclonic circulation over north Pakistan is persisting. Under its influence, isolated rainfall/snowfall is likely over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on March 3 and 4
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP