Rath Yatra: No participation of devotees, only COVID-19 negative servitors to pull chariots

Puri (Odisha), July 10 (ANI): The Jagannatha Temple administration on Friday informed that like the previous year, this year's Rath Yatra festival would be organised without the participation of devotees and in strict adherence to safety protocols to contain the spread of coronavirus. According to the Administrator of Puri Jagannatha Temple, Ajay Jena, the servitors testing negative for COVID-19 would be allowed to participate in the pulling of the chariots. “No devotees were allowed to participate in Rath Yatra. Chariot pullers who test RT-PCR negative and have been fully vaccinated will be permitted to attend the yatra. Around 1,000 officials excluding police personnel will be deployed,” said Jena. The Odisha State Government had allowed and permitted to conduct the Rath Yatra only in Puri Jagannath temple with strict COVID-19 restrictions and protocols.

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