The relevance of Puri Jagannath temple to the the current situation prevailing in India.
There is an interesting story behind the idols at Puri Jagannath temple. The king of Puri had a dream. In the dream, he was ordained to carve the idols out of the wooden log that would float in the sea on the coast of Puri. None of the sculptors in his kingdom could think of how to carve the idols from the log. Then an aged sculptor approached the king and offered to carve the idols and asked for 21 days to complete the task . But he put a condition that he will not eat or drink anything for 21 days and that none should disturb him during those 21 days.
After closing the door, he started working on the idols. Each day, the king would come and stand near the closed door. From outside the door, he would hear the sound of the hammer and chisel on the wood. Satisfied that the work was proceeding, he would leave. This went on for 15 days. On the 16th day he did not hear any sound. On the 17th and 18th day also he did not hear anything. With just three of the 21 days remaining, overcome by anxiety and curious to know the condition inside, on the 19th day the king opened the door and went inside. Immediately, the sculptor disappeared from his sight never to be seen again.
The king realized that it was Vishwakarma himself who had come in the form of a sculptor. The idols were half finished with the hands and legs yet to be sculpted. Hence, legend has it that, the idols at Puri Jagannath temple are without hands and legs. If only the king had patiently waited for three more days!
How is this story relevant today? Compare this to the conditions prevailing in India today. While the lockdown was beginning to bear fruits, impatient citizens, ignoring good counsel to stay indoors have started moving outdoors, nullifying the advantages gained through lockdown. Even the rulers, obsessed with economic gains over loss to humanity, are throwing caution to wind, ignoring sane and sensible advice from medical experts. Can India afford this costly lapse? Will the inadequate medical infrastructure in India be able to cope with signs of the virus spreading its tentacles? Will sanity rule among the citizens and decision makers?