The international well-known Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri is not up to 48 hours away. But uncertainty continues to hold over the marquee match within the non secular calendar of the state, even after Jagadguru Nischalananda Saraswati of the Govardhan Peeth, the respected Hindu seer and Gajapati King Dibyasingh Dev, the ‘first servitor’ of Lord Jagannath and titular head of the Lord’s temple in Puri, have pop out in forceful beef up of retaining the Rath Yatra, even though most effective in a truncated means with out the participation of devotees.
In a observation issued on Sunday, the Shankaracharya didn’t mince his phrases whilst pillorying the Supreme Court for refusing to take in for listening to the over 10 petitions filed within the courtroom, in the hunt for amendment of its June 18 order banning the Rath Yatra and all non secular rituals related to it in view of the Coronavirus pandemic. “If the Supreme Court had wanted, it could have taken up for hearing the petitions filed on June 20. The courts do remain open even on holidays if the situation warrants. The Rath Yatra is day after tomorrow and just a day remains for the big event now. That is why one is forced to view this as a well-planned project to stop the Rath Yatra altogether. The fact that it happened just a day before the summer vacations start also proves the same,” the Puri seer stated within the observation.
Earlier on Saturday, the Gajapati king, who’s the pinnacle of the Temple Management Committee, had written to Chief Minister urging the Odisha executive to report a amendment petition within the apex courtroom to verify the religiously and legally sanctioned Rath Yatra isn’t stopped altogether. “The present grave crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is not a situation which renders impossible the conduct of Rath Yatra. The festival can be held without the congregation of the general public,” he stated within the letter, declaring that Rath Yatra had by no means been stopped even all through the worst herbal calamities and epidemics. ‘If the Rath Yatra isn’t held this yr, it’s going to harm the non secular sentiments of numerous devotees around the globe,” Dev added.
The Gajapati King’s letter to the CM adopted a stormy joint assembly of the Temple Management Committee and Chhattisha Nijog, the apex frame of servitors, on Friday the place the state executive used to be roundly blasted for the ‘dubious’ position it performed in the entire affair. Briefing media individuals after the four-hour lengthy assembly, Dev had stated an influence have been created that the state executive had intentionally misled the Supreme Court by way of now not apprising it of the Committee’s view that the Rath Yatra will also be held with out the participation of devotees. “In fact, the consensus opinion was that the apex court issued the order it did because the state government counsel himself said in the court that there would be a congregation of 10-12 lakh people for the big event,” he had stated.
Coming from the Gajapati King, who’s at all times reticent about criticizing any person, this used to be as robust an indictment of the Naveen Patnaik executive as one can believe. But greater than 24 hours after the Puri King dashed off the letter to the CM, the federal government stays intriguingly silent. Neither the CM nor Law minister Pratapa Jena, below whose jurisdiction the affairs of the Temple come, has stated a phrase in regards to the Puri King’s letter or the Shankaracharya’s similarly robust indictment this morning.
The silence of the federal government has most effective served to additional toughen the influence within the minds of thousands and thousands of Jagannath devotees that the Naveen Patnaik executive had certainly performed a doubtful position to ensure that even a token Rath Yatra with out the participation of devotees does now not happen.