Puri, June 20 (LocalWire): Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb wrote to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday urging him to move the Supreme Court seeking a partial modification of its order, so that the chariot festival may be held in Puri.
The Gajapati pointed out in his letter that the Ratha Yatra had not been cancelled even in the midst of the worst natural disasters and epidemics, and had only been not held in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries when the Lords had to be hidden in remote places due to invasions.
He noted that the COVID pandemic does not render the Ratha Yatra impossible to observe as the Temple Managing Committee had earlier suggested holding the Ratha Yatra without the congregation of the general public and with appropriate steps taken by the State government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“Performance of the Ratha Yatra in Puri is sanctioned and mandated by the religious scriptures like Skanda Purana, Brahma Purana, Neeladri Mahodaya, Bamadeba Samhita etc.,” he wrote.
Swami Sankaracharya too has expressed his view on the Honourable Supreme Court reconsidering and modifying its order of June 18th so as to enable the conduct of Ratha Yatra in Puri, a copy of which was attached with the Gajapati’s letter.
The cancellation of the Ratha Yatra in its entirety would also hurt the sentiments of people across the globe who tune in to watch the event on electronic media, the letter said.
In view of all these reasons, the Gajapati appealed that the Ratha Yatra in Puri not be stopped as it is of special significance to the people, Puri being the Moola-peetha of Lord Jagannath, even if the Yatra is not held in other parts of the State.