Rath Yatra 2021: Jagannath Rath Yatra begins amid Covid-19 restrictions, PM Modi conveys greetings

Rath Yatra, which is also known as ‘Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra', is one of the most auspicious festivals in India. It is celebrated every year on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya. This year Rath Yatra will be celebrated today Monday, July 12.

The festival is celebrated to commemorate Lord Jagannath's annual visit to the Gundicha Temple via Mausi Maa Temple along with his siblings- Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, which is three kilometers from the Puri temple. They return to the Puri temple after an eight-day visit.

The Jagannatha temple in Puri is one of the four Hindu pilgrims centers known as Char Dham. Lord Jagannatha is worshipped along with his brother Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra.

On this auspicious day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday conveyed his greetings to everyone on the occasion of the Jagannath Rath Yatra.

“Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of the Rath Yatra. We bow to Lord Jagannath and pray that his blessings bring good health and prosperity in everyone’s lives. Jai Jagannath!”, Modi said in a tweet.

However, due to the rising breakout of the Delta Plus from of Covid-19 and the likelihood of a third wave, the Supreme Court has also prohibited the Rath Yatra in the whole state of Odisha.

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