Puri Rath Yatra: Temple To Ban Chariot-Climbing, Touching Deity


BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, May 12, 2014 (NDTV): Ahead of the ensuing annual Rath Yatra festival, the Jagannath Temple managing committee today asked the Odisha government to stop the practice of devotees climbing atop chariots and touching the Lord.

Puri King Gajapati King Divyasingha Deb, who headed the committee, said this while presiding over a meeting of religious heads who supported Puri Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati’s view of climbing atop chariots and touching the Lord as a ‘sin’. Hindu pundits from different matts and sects also supported the Puri seer and opined that climbing the chariots was against Hindu religion as well as scriptures.

The issue was discussed in detail as Daitapati priests, who play a significant role during the Rath Yatra, opposed Shankaracharya’s view. The priests claim that the devotees should not be prevented from climbing the chariots and touching the Lord because the tradition has been followed for generations.

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