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Not To Be Allowed devotees At Shree Jagannatha Temple Till July 25

Puri/Bhubaneswar:16/6/21: The Shree Jagannatha Temple Administration (SJTA) today decided not to allow devotees pay obeisance to deities of the Shree Jagannatha Temple till July 25. In view of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the temple administration had earlier decided to stop ‘ public darshan’ at the temple till June 15.

Chief Administrator of SJTA, Krishan Kumar told media persons after a meeting of the temple administration a unanimous decision has been taken to stop ‘public darshan’ at the temple till July 25. If there is an improvement in Covid situation, the SJTA will again hold a meeting on July 24 or 25 to decide on allowing ‘public darshan’ at the Srimandir.

As the Snana Jatra followed by the Rath Jatra will begin from July 12 and the Niladri Bije on July 23, the SJTA’s priority is to ensure smooth conduct of the festivals and rituals of the deities while adhering to the Covid protocol, Kumar added.

This year, the Rath Jatra will be held with participation of servitors only in presence of security personnel. As per a decision taken by the Odisha government, the chariot festival will be held without participation of devotees in view of the second wave of Covid pandemic. Prohibitory orders under Sec 144 will be clamped in Puri during the chariot festival.

The movement of people and vehicles will also be restricted during the period.

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