JAMMU: In wake of outbreak of deadly coronavirus and advisory issued by the administration, there will be no Shobha Yatra or public celebration on Ramnavami, falling on April 2. It was informed in a statement issued here on Monday by Jammu & Kashmir Dharmarth Trust.
As per the statement, Mubarak Singh, President of the Trust, said that in view of national health emergency due to coronavirus, the Dharmarth Trust has cancelled all public celebrations of Ramnavami including Shobha Yatra. He added that it is of utmost importance for public to strictly follow social distancing practices and all preventive measures to break the chain of coronavirus.
He further said that Ramnavami rituals and Aarti will be performed by priests inside the Temple as per traditions. Moreover, there will also be live telecast on social media from Shri Raghunathji Mandir, so that devotees can participate virtually and pray from home. He asked people to refrain themselves from holding public gatherings and celebrations, as it will be a hazard to public health and safety during coronavirus outbreak. “Every year the Dharmarth Trust along with other religious and social organisations carry out a Shobha Yatra from Shri Raghunathji Mandir, passing through main Bazaars of Jammu city on Ramnavami,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention that Dharmarth Trust had closed all temples and shrines since 20th March falling under its management across Jammu and Kashmir divisions. The Trust further announced that it will be fully cooperating with Government and strictly following public safety and health guidelines, including orders issued by authorities related to coronavirus outbreak.