Rath Jatra, one of the traditional religious festivals of the Hindu community, was observed across the country on Monday maintaining health guidelines in accordance with the government’s instruction.
Many formalities, including colourful chariot procession, were canceled in this year’s festival amid the spike in the number of deaths and coronavirus infections.Pulling raths (chariots) were limited inside the temple premises and only a selective number of people could take part in the rath jatra programme this year.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad (BPUP) general secretary Nirmal Kumar Chattarjee said, “This year Rath Jatra festival was confined to temple premises and only religious rituals were observed following the instruction of BPUP. Wearing masks, only a limited number of visitors, priests and officials took part in the programme at the temple.”
Every year the Rath Jatra begins on the second day of Shuklapakkha of lunar month Ashar. After 9 days, the Ulto Rath (reverse rath jatra) is held.
This time the Ulto Rath will be on July 20. The Ulto Rath Jatra, like the Rath Jatra, will also be celebrated on a limited scale.
Dhamrai’s Joshomadhab’s Rath Jatra on the outskirts of Dhaka is famous in the subcontinent. The traditional procession of Joshomadhab’s Rath Jatra was organised on a limited scale.
Apart from this, Jagatnath Jiu Tagore Temple at Tantibazar in Old Dhaka, Ramsita Temple at Joykali Mandir Road and other temples in the capital and various temples in the country, including Shankharibazar Eknam Committee and International Society for Krishna Consciousness of Swamibagh, were also hold on a limited scale.