Odisha: 19-yr-old Muslim scholar strikes SC searching for recall on Jagannath Rath Yatra keep order

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A 19-year-old Muslim scholar from Odisha’s Nayagarh district is among the many 21 individuals and organisations who’ve moved the Supreme Court searching for recall of its order staying the historic Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra. The court docket handed the order this 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

The apex court docket had on June 18 mentioned that within the curiosity of public well being and security of residents, this 12 months’s rath yatra, which was scheduled for June 23, at Puri in Odisha can’t be allowed and “Lord Jagannath will not forgive us if we enable” it.

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The yatra is attended by lakhs of individuals from the world over. Aftab Hossen, who moved the apex court docket over the rath yatra, is a final-year BA economics scholar on the Nayagarh Autonomous College and is now being known as the second Salabega of the state on social media. Salabega was a Muslim man and a fantastic devotee of Lord Jagannath.During the three kilometre yatra from the principle shrine to the Gundicha Temple, the lord’s chariot stops for some time close to the grave of Salabega positioned on the Grand Road as a mark of respect. Salabega, who was the son of a Mughal subedar, occupies a particular place among the many devotional poets of Odisha as he had devoted his life to Lord Jagannath. He lived within the first half of the 17th century. Hossen mentioned he has been influenced by Lord Jagannath since his childhood and that his late grandfather Multab Khan was additionally a devotee.

The 19-year-old has filed an intervention software earlier than the Supreme Court by way of his advocate P Ok Mohapatra. Hossen mentioned his grandfather had constructed a Trinath (Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar) temple at Itamati in 1960. He mentioned that he has additionally learn a number of books on Lord Jagannath and developed devotion in the direction of the ‘Lord of the Universe’.

Hossen’s father Imdad Hussain, mom Rashida Begum and youthful brother Anmol have by no means opposed him worshipping the idol of Jagannath. However, Hossen mentioned he has not visited the 12th century shrine in Puri as he was born in a Muslim {family}. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri. “I’ve not visited the temple as I’m not allowed. I consider that I’m a human being and there may be one creator within the universe,” he mentioned.

With nice confidence, Hossen mentioned, “The apex court docket will enable holding the rath yatra as soon as it will get to know the truth that the managing committee is in favour of conducting it on a restricted scale within the absence of devotees in view of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m assured that the decision of the Supreme Court on Monday won’t let down the individuals of Odisha”.

Hossen had on June 17 had filed a petition opposing the Odisha Vikash Parishad which sought a keep on the competition. Later, his lawyer Mahapatra sought a modification within the order of the apex court docket to conduct the rath yatra solely in Puri.

Besides Hossen, Jagannath Sanskriti Jana Jagaran Manch, Viswanath Das, Nituranjan Dash, Bijan Paikray, Sanjeev Kumar Chinnara, Daitapati Nijog Committee, Raghunath Gochhikar, Janardhan Pattajosi Mohapatra, Shree Jagannath Sevayat Samilanim, International Hindu Mahasangha, Shree Jagannath Sewa Santha and others, Shree Shree Abhiram Cultural Centre and others, Santanu Kumar Pradhan Abhigya and others have filed interventions within the apex court docket.

BJP nationwide spokesperson Sambit Patra mentioned on Sunday that he has filed an software for clarification or modification of the sooner order of the Supreme Court. “Today I filed an software for clarification/modification of earlier order of SC and sought permission for the Holy Rath Yatra of Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu in Puri scheduled for 23rd June. Hope all our prayers are answered by the Lord of the Universe,” Patra tweeted.

23 2020 SC / #JayJagannath pic.twitter.com/R40UqHVxqT

— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) June 21, 2020

The apex court docket had on June 18 stayed the rath yatra, which was scheduled to start on June 23, and all actions associated to the competition, within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The similar night, the Odisha cupboard handed a decision in an emergency assembly, asking the Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee (SJTMC) to hold out rituals contained in the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, in accordance with the route of the court docket.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to listen to on Monday the pleas searching for recall of its order staying this 12 months’s historic Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra, attended by lakhs of individuals from the world over, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. A single choose bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat is scheduled to listen to on Monday these purposes The prime court docket’s June 18 order had come on a PIL filed by an Odisha-based NGO searching for cancellation or postponement of this 12 months’s Rath Yatra.


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