The Gujarat high court stayed the annual Rathyatra of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad which was scheduled to be held on June 23. This year will be the first time that the yatra will not be taken out. The Rathyatra has been an unbroken tradition followed since 1878.
On June 17, the state government had clarified that it had not taken any decision in the matter after media reports said that the government had given its nod for the same. It was speculated that the Rathyatra will be a curtailed affair with just three raths and none of the other trucks and bhajan mandalis that are the norm.
The biggest concern for the state was the management of the crowd as it continued to register a rise in COVID-19 cases. Moreover its traditional route passed through some of the containment zones too.
A PIL was filed in the Gujarat high court after the SC put a stay on the Rathyatra of Jagannath Puri in Odisha. The SC had cited the COVID-19 situation and said that Lord Jagannath will forgive them for not holding it.