COVID:19: Sombre Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra Celebrations in India

India | Associated Press | June 23, 2020, 12:04 pm
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 This year's Chariot Festival or Rath Yatra, Lord Jagannath's annual visit to his aunt's house witnessed a subdued celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time ever in history, the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings began in the absence of devotees in Odisha's Puri. The annual Rath Yatra is being taken out after the Supreme Court's nod to organise it in a limited way without public attendance. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)
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This year's Chariot Festival or Rath Yatra, Lord Jagannath's annual visit to his aunt's house witnessed a subdued celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time ever in history, the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings began in the absence of devotees in Odisha's Puri. The annual Rath Yatra is being taken out after the Supreme Court's nod to organise it in a limited way without public attendance. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)

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 Hindu priests participate in the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Puri. (Image: AP)
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Hindu priests participate in the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Puri. (Image: AP)

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 Security officers cordon the area during the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Puri. (Image: AP)
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Security officers cordon the area during the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Puri. (Image: AP)

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 Indian devotees pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath during the annual chariot procession in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)
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Indian devotees pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath during the annual chariot procession in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)

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 Hindu devotees pull a chariot during the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)
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Hindu devotees pull a chariot during the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)

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 Hindu devotees and media personnel gather near chariots during the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)
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Hindu devotees and media personnel gather near chariots during the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)

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 Hindu devotees worship during the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)
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Hindu devotees worship during the annual chariot procession of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)

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 A man walks past chariots on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. The Gujarat High Court has ruled against conducting the annual procession citing COVID-19 concerns. (Image: AP)
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A man walks past chariots on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. The Gujarat High Court has ruled against conducting the annual procession citing COVID-19 concerns. (Image: AP)

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 A mahaout paints decorative motifs on an elephant on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)
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A mahaout paints decorative motifs on an elephant on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)

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 Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik watching the live telecast of Jagannath Rath Yatra at his office in Bhubaneswar. (Photo: Twitter/Naveen Patnaik)
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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik watching the live telecast of Jagannath Rath Yatra at his office in Bhubaneswar. (Photo: Twitter/Naveen Patnaik)

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 Second oldest Rath Yatra after Puri is the one held at the Mahesh Temple in the small suburb of Serampore in West Bengal’s Hooghly district. In this photo, Priests can be seen performing pujas to Lord Jagannath. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)
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Second oldest Rath Yatra after Puri is the one held at the Mahesh Temple in the small suburb of Serampore in West Bengal’s Hooghly district. In this photo, Priests can be seen performing pujas to Lord Jagannath. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)

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 A priest perform pujas to Lord Jagannath during the Rath Yatra Celebrations in West Bengal. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)
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A priest perform pujas to Lord Jagannath during the Rath Yatra Celebrations in West Bengal. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)

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 The place is the biggest centre of Jagannath worship outside Puri and has a continuous unbroken tradition since 1396 C.E, this year being the 624th year of its celebration. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)
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The place is the biggest centre of Jagannath worship outside Puri and has a continuous unbroken tradition since 1396 C.E, this year being the 624th year of its celebration. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)

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 A priest perform pujas to Lord Jagannath during the Rath Yatra Celebrations in West Bengal. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)
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A priest perform pujas to Lord Jagannath during the Rath Yatra Celebrations in West Bengal. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)

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 First time in history no rath yatra will be held due to coronavirus. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)
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First time in history no rath yatra will be held due to coronavirus. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)

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 A priest perform pujas to Lord Jagannath during the Rath Yatra Celebrations in West Bengal. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)
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A priest perform pujas to Lord Jagannath during the Rath Yatra Celebrations in West Bengal. (Image: Abir Ghoshal)

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 A mahaout paints decorative motifs on an elephant on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)
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A mahaout paints decorative motifs on an elephant on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)

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 A mahout rests near a decorated elephant on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)
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A mahout rests near a decorated elephant on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)

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 A mahaout paints decorative motifs on an elephant on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)
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A mahaout paints decorative motifs on an elephant on the eve of the annual chariot procession of Hindu deity Jagannath, in Ahmedabad. (Image: AP)

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