Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra 2021 Highlights: One of the biggest festivals in India, the Rath Yatra for Lord Jagannath is commencing on Monday. Held at one of the Char Dhams – Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha, – the festival is among the most famous Vaishnavite rituals in India and abroad, and therefore, usually witnesses much fervour and enthusiasm among devotees who come to pray to the deities – Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra and Lordess Subhadra. For the festival, special chariots are built every year, and this year has been no different.
However, while usually tourists throng the temple premises during the festival, this year, due to the coronavirus restrictions, no devotees were allowed during the much awaited Rath Yatra, even as Lord Jagannath is the one of the principal deities in the state of Odisha. Moreover, the chariot pullers who participated in the procession have been tested negative for COVID-19 with the help of an RT-PCT test, and have also been fully vaccinated, the officials said. Apart from this, the Jagannath Temple administration in Puri said that about 1,000 officials, other than police personnel, were deployed.
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