Puri: Akshaya Tritiya, Chandan Yatra rituals to be held inside Jagannath temple

Puri: In a major development amid the nationwide lockdown, the Akshaya Tritiya rituals for Ratha Jatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings in Puri and Chandan Yatra rituals will be observed on the premises of the Srimardir here.
After meeting Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb informed the media about the seer’s recommendation.
The decision was taken after several hours of a session guided by the Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peetha (Puri), Swami Nischalananda Saraswati.
“The customs, tradition and rituals should be maintained and continued, the Gajapati said, quoting Puri Shankarancharya.
As advised by Shankaracharya, the commencement of chariot construction ritual for Ratha Jatra on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya (April 26) will be held inside Shree Jagannath Temple premises.
Similarly, Chandan Jatra ritual will be held only inside the temple premises.
The Puri king added that decision on the Snana Yatra and Rath Yatra will be taken after assessing the fresh guidelines issued by the Centre and the State post lockdown that is after May 3.

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