With a week left for Akshay Tritiya, the auspicious day when construction of the three chariots pulled during the Rath Yatra begins, the ISKCON-Kolkata center is bracing for scaling down or cancellation of the nine-day festival amid Coronavirus pandemic, Business Insider reported.
While talking to media, Vice President and Spokesperson Radharaman Das said, "If we see that the disease continues to spread, we will ourselves cancel the Rath Yatra."
"There are 50-50 chances for cancellation of the festival. Even if it takes place, it will be a scaled-down event. If the lockdown is further extended beyond May 3, organizing the festival will be difficult," Das said.
"Last year, the ISKCON-Kolkata Rath Yatra had witnessed a total gathering of around 15 lakh people across nine days," Das added.
"We do not want to risk the lives of other people. We will follow whatever the State Government and the Centre advice," he added.
The Kolkata Rath Yatra of ISKCON is organized in coordination with the State Government. The chariots traverse through famous landmarks of the city along an eight-km route starting from ISKCON temple near Minto Park.