CM Vijay Rupani who attended the 143 Rathyatra on Tuesday thanked the temple trustees and the Mahant of Jagannath Temple for taking into consideration the COVID-19 situation and agreeing to restrict the yatra within the temple premises.
It is for the first time in the history of Rathyatra in Ahmedabad that the yatra did not go out of the temple. The chief minister visited the temple in the early morning and performed the Pahind Vidhi before signalling the start of the yatra. The yatra that usually takes the entire day and is followed by a crowd of devotees was finished within 10 minutes. The raths will, however, continue to be placed within the temple premises allowing devotees to view it.
Rupani also told media that the late night petition of the government for some relaxation continued but unfortunately they could not get the high court to relent.
Earlier at 4 am the mangala aarti was performed. Home Minister Amit Shah was invited for the same but he could not make it. A discussion between the Mahant, temple trust authorities and the cops resulted in the trimmed Rathyatra not beginning even upto 9 am. The trustees had earlier urged the government to take the rath outside the temple for a few minutes but the cops and government were in no mood to relent fearing it would attract a crowd.