The U turn of Rathyatra Ban Order in SC – Untold facts !

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Nothing more is required to write about the spiritual, religious, social and historical importance of the Rathyatra which takes place in the Jagannatha Temple at Puri. Crores of people have their religious emotions attached to the said issue.

 while hearing a Public Interest Litigation by one Odisha Vikas Parishad, banned the holding Rathyatra at the Jagannath Temple, Puri as well as similar Rathyatra processions at any other places in the State of Odisha. This shocked crores of devotees, brought the temple servitors busy in the Rathyatra procession to an uneasy standstill, and may be put the politicians in a dillemma as to whether to welcome the move or to oppose it.

Neverthless, we as advocates at Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad were not happy and had a series of short meetings coupled with the stray researches and conversations to find out what had happened.

In the process, we got a intervention application filed on behalf of one Jagannath Sanskruti Jana Jagarana Manch seeking recall of the ban order passed by the Supreme Court. The advocate was one Hitendra Nath Rath. The details in the intervention application were startling. An intervention application was also filed on behalf of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, thanks to the efforts of Adv. Subhash Jha and Ghanashyam Upadhyay, as also Adv. Sanjiv Punalekar, Secretary of Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad.

What the general people came to know was the ban and subsequent lifting of the ban by the Supreme Court and it was sufficient for the devotees to rejoice and pay gratitude unto the Holy Feet of Lord Jagannath.

The journey between these two orders has some interesting facts and need to be told so that some foul play may not be repeated. I will try to be as brief as possible and have nothing more other than some orders of Odisha High Court, and documents arising out of Supreme Court proceedings.The journey between these two orders has some interesting facts and need to be told so that some foul play may not be repeated. I will try to be as brief as possible and have nothing more other than some orders of Odisha High Court, and documents arising out of Supreme Court proceedings.

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