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15 Car-Cavalcade To Replace Chariots On Rath Yatra In Kolkata, Amid Covid

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Last yr, authorities had carried out all rituals on the temple premises at Albert Road. (File)

Kolkata:

In a departure from custom, Lord Jagannath and his divine siblings, amid the COVID-19 restrictions, will give the hand-pulled chariot a miss this time and as an alternative journey in a cavalcade of 15 automobiles, overlaying a distance of three kilometres, as a part of the ISKCON Kolkata’s 50th yr Rath Yatra celebrations.

At the organisation’s world headquarters in Mayapur, too, the annual competition might be a low-key affair, as only one tableau might be taken out on the premises with round 50 folks pulling it in turns.

The metropolis chapter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), which was imagined to mark its golden jubilee this yr with gala celebrations on the event of Rath Yatra, needed to scrap its plans as a consequence of COVID-related curbs, its spokesperson Radharaman Das stated on Saturday.

The organisation, nonetheless, has made preparations to make sure that the competition is noticed with nice fervour, he maintained.

“On the day of Rath Yatra (July 12), around 12 noon, deities Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Devi will be travelling from our Albert Road office to another centre on Gurusaday Road, where they will be putting up till July 20 evening,” Mr Das defined.

He, nevertheless, rued the very fact preparations to mark the golden jubilee had been underway for the previous seven years, and the centre had plans to deck up chariots and take out an enormous procession on the event, however all that needed to be cancelled within the wake of the pandemic.

“We wanted to invite devotees from more than 150 different countries and 1200 ISKCON centres. But all plans stand cancelled. Also, with the threat of the pandemic’s third wave looming, we appeal to people to stay at home and watch the live telecast of Rath Yatra rituals on our YouTube channel or Facebook page,” Mr Das acknowledged.

Last yr, authorities had carried out all rituals on the temple premises at Albert Road.

“Three small chariots, similar to the ones pulled by children, were taken out briefly in the temple compound by the monks, as a symbolic gesture,” Mr Das added.

In Mayapur, a makeshift Gundicha temple might be arrange on the premises, which the three deities might be visiting for 9 days, in accordance with the rituals, Subroto Das, the spokesperson of the organisation”s headquarters, stated.Carcade To Replace Chariots On Rath Yatra In Kolkata

“A team of 50 persons, comprising devotees, will render direct ”sewa” to the deities — pull the rath, prepare Chappan Bhoga (56 dishes), make garlands, deck up the tableau. Just one rath instead of three will be taken out on the temple premises this time,” he famous.

Rath Yatra commemorates the annual go to of the three deities to Gundicha Temple.

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