The decision on this year's event of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra to be held annually in Odisha has still not been decided. Due to strict guidelines such as lockdown and social distance across the country due to Corona, the whole event remains in doubt.
Meanwhile, a cultural organization in Ganjam has approached the High Court. The organization has filed a petition in the court fearing a large number of people gathering and violating guidelines during the Rath Yatra.
But the Odisha High Court has postponed the hearing on this PIL related to Rath Yatra till June 9 and asked the Advocate-General to get directions from the state government in the matter by the next date of hearing.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq asked the Advocate General to present the details of the government's plan on the Rath Yatra, following the guidelines of Kovid-19.
Meanwhile, the Sri Jagannath temple administration made it clear that this 12th-century temple will remain closed for devotees till the completion of the Rath Yatra festival. Explain that the temple committee has suggested the state government to organize the Rath Yatra without devotees and is awaiting its decision.