COVID-19 Lockdown Affected on Ram Navami Celebrations

Ram Navami celebration was a low-key affair at Puri Jagannath temple which remained closed for devotees in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

  • 2nd Apr 2020

The nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of Coronavirus has dampened the spirit of Ram Navami celebrations.
While the usual rush of devotees was absent at major shrines of Lord Ram due to the lockdown, rituals associated with the birth anniversary of the Lord were performed as per the tradition in temples across the country.

Ram Navami celebration was a low-key affair at Puri Jagannath temple which remained closed for devotees in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
Detailing about the rituals at Srimandir during Ram Navami, Sri Jagannath Culture researcher Surya Narayan Rathasharma said, “Lord Ram’s idol is placed and all the rituals related to the birth anniversary of the Lord are conducted. From today, Sri Ram Leela of Lord Jagannath will be conducted. Besides, Sahi Yatra or spring carnival will be organized.”

“Despite the Coronavirus outbreak, Sri Ram Leela and other rituals will be performed as per tradition. However, the gathering of more people will be restricted,” he added.

Similarly, the auspicious occasion was celebrated at Ram Temple in Bhubaneswar which also remained closed for the public due to Coronavirus lockdown. The shrine witnessed deserted scenes as all the gates of the temple remained closed and police forces were deployed around the temple. Some devotees were seen as having darshan of the Lord from outside the temple.

In some other parts of Odisha, like Balasore, the administration allowed public darshan of the deities under strict enforcement of social-distancing guidelines.

In Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram, the celebration was also without pomp and show. Only the most important yagnas and other rituals were conducted in the presence of a handful of people.

President Ram Nath Kovind extended greetings to the people of the country on the occasion of Ram Navami.  Similarly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the people on the auspicious occasion.

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