In view of the corona virus epidemic, Gujarat HC banned Jagannath Rath Yatra

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In view of the increasing infection of the corona virus, the Gujarat High Court has banned the occasion of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad. Jagannath Rath Yatra was proposed on 23 June in Ahmedabad.

There was a rapid increase of corona virus infection in Ahmedabad. However, right now many districts of Gujarat including Ahmedabad are under the grip of corona virus.

Earlier, the Supreme Court has banned the historic annual Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra to be held on June 23. A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice AS Bopanna, while hearing the case, said that the Rath Yatra could not be allowed this year in view of public interest and safety of the people.

The Chief Justice had said, "Lord Jagannath will not forgive us if we allow the Rath Yatra this year. There should not be such a large gathering during the pandemic. The bench also asked the Odisha government not to allow travel, pilgrimage or related activities anywhere in the state to prevent the spread of corona virus.

In view of the corona virus epidemic, an NGO named Odisha Development Council had filed a petition in the Supreme Court and this year sought a stay on the Rath Yatra. Rath Yatra is organized every year in Puri. Programs related to this last for 10-12 days and lakhs of devotees from all over the world participate in it.