Odisha Ratha Jatra: Akshaya Tritiya rituals to be held inside Srimandir premises

Puri: In view of the nationwide restrictions for COVID-19, the Akshaya Tritiya rituals for Ratha Jatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings in Odisha’s Puri will be held inside the Srimandir premises here, informed Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb today after a meeting with Puri Shankaracharya.

As advised by Shankaracharya, it has been decided that commencement of chariot construction ritual for Ratha Jatra on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya (April 26) will be held inside Shree Jagannath Temple premises, said Dibyasingha Deb.

This apart, the Chandan Jatra ritual will be held only inside the temple premises. A meeting in this regard will be held with the sevayats tomorrow, he said.

Dibyasingha Deb further said that the final decision over organising the Ratha Jatra will be taken after the lockdown period considering the post-lockdown guidelines of the government. 

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