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The Rath Yatra of Biraja Devi started on Wednesday in Jajpur, Odisha. (Photo/ANI)
The Rath Yatra of Biraja Devi started on Wednesday in Jajpur, Odisha. (Photo/ANI)

Rath Yatra at Odisha's Biraja starts sans devotees due to COVID-19

ANI | Updated: Oct 07, 2021 05:41 IST


Jajpur (Odisha) [India], October 7 (ANI): Ahead of Navratri, the nine-day Rath Yatra at Biraja Temple in Jajpur, Odisha started on Wednesday following COVID-19 protocols.

Chakravarti Singh Rathore, District Magistrate of Jajpur told ANI, "Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to make a balance between life and the faith of people. We held a meeting with the stakeholders, public and officers. For Navratri, people can visit the temple for darshans between 5 am to 1 pm. For Rath Yatra, people can see at a distance but are not allowed to participate in the Yatra."


Rama Chandra Pani, a priest, said, "Every year we participate in the Rath Yatra in Jajpur, but due to the restrictions imposed by the administration in the wake of COVID-19, people are not allowed to participate. Darshans are allowed in the temple, as Navratri begins."

Balavadra Das, a devotee, said, "I appreciate the decision taken by the administration. We should adhere to the COVID-19 norms."
The festival of Navratri will be observed from October 7 till October 15. This year Ashtami falls on October 13 while Dashami is on October 15. (ANI)

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