This time around, the rath yatra will be the same. Jagannath will go to his aunt’s house without devotees. Section 14 will be issued with the Covid cut-off and the Mahaprabhu’s bathing procession and chariot ride will be held. Devaswana Purnima on the 27th. For this, the procession will start at midnight. Gajanan Besh will be at 11 a.m. and Bahuda Pahandi at 5 p.m. There will be no Mahaprasad for devotees during the bathing full moon. Mahaprasad will be prepared only for the family of the servant.
The proclamation on July 12 after the full moon. The chariot will be set up at 9 a.m. and the procession will begin at 9:30 p.m. Gajapati will be at the helm at 2 p.m. Bahudayatra on July 20. It will be from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. The chariot race is scheduled for 4 p.m.
All arrangements will be made keeping in mind the Covid-19 norms and guidelines issued by the State government are strictly followed. All Sevayats have assured to cooperate with the SJTA to conduct all rituals smoothly,” said Niti Prasasak (Administrator, Rituals) of Sri Jagannath temple Jitendra Sahu.
The eclipse will end on July 21 between 4 and 5:30 p.m. It will be held between 11pm and 12pm. Niladri BJ on July 23. The day begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. The service’s coveted test for the full moon has begun. There will be four such tests. Only negative services can be included.
The Covid test will be conducted in four stages- before Snana Yatra, before Gundicha Yatra, before Bahuda Yatra and lastly, 15 days after the Niladri Bije.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Rath Yatra in Puri will be held without the participation of devotees in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here is complete schedule & timings;
Snana Purnima (June 24) : Mangalaparna from 1 am & Pahandi till 4 am Hati Besha from 11 am onwards and Bahuda Pahandi between 5 pm and 8 pm.
Gundicha Yatra (July 12): Pahandi rituals from 8:30 am Chera Panhara: 2 pm and pulling of chariots from 3 pm
Bahuda Yatra (July 20): Pahandi rituals between 12 pm & 2:30 pm Pulling of chariots from 4 pm.
Suna Besha (July 21): Rituals to be conducted between 4 pm and 5: 30 pm
Adhar Pana (July 22) rituals to be completed by 8 pm and the pahandi rituals will begin from 4 pm and completed by 10 pm on Niladri Bije ( July 23).