Rath Yatra: Temple Priest In Gujarat Threatens Agitation If Govt Doesn't Permit Chariot Festival

"I think that the government will allow the Yatra this year as cinema halls, multiplexes, malls and other commercial activities were allowed, so why not the 'Rath Yatra'?" asked the Mahant.

Rath Yatra: Temple Priest In Gujarat Threatens Agitation If Govt Doesn't Permit Chariot Festival

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Last year, the Mahant had threatened the Gujarat government that he would commit suicide within two days if the 'Rath Yatra' was not allowed.

Preparations for the 144th procession are in full swing. The repairing and repainting work of the wooden chariot used for the procession has begun.

Gandhinagar: The priest of the Saraspur temple, Mahant Laxmandasji Maharaj, on Saturday said it would be inauspicious if the 'Rath Yatra' was not held this year. He had earlier threatened to commit suicide if the Yatra was delayed.

"The entire Sadhu-Sant community will decide on the issue and if need be resort to agitation," Mahant Laxmandasji Maharaj told IANS.