Puri: Following resentment among devotees over the two-km-long barricade from Market Chhak to Shree Mandir in Puri, the district administration today decided to shorten the barricade. Puri SP Kanwar Vishal Singh informed the present barricade will be shortened considering the difficulties faced by visitors especially senior citizens. From tomorrow onwards, the barricade will be set up from Marichikote to Shree Mandir, he added.
Worth mentioning, the temple was closed for public darshan on Sunday in order to sanitize the premises.
Earlier, the district administration erected barricades from Market Chhak to Shree Mandir expecting a large number of footfall after it was decided to allow devotees enter the temple without producing Covid negative test report.
As per a standard operating procedure issued by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) earlier, devotees are being allowed to pay obeisance to deities from 7 AM through a queue. There is a separate queue for senior citizens and differently-abled devotees.
All pilgrims are required to wear masks at all times inside and outside the temple premises. Chewing tobacco/paan and spitting inside the temple premises has been strictly prohibited.
Devotees have been asked to sanitize their hands before entering the temple and maintain physical distance at all times as per COVID-19 guidelines. Besides, devotees are requested not to touch the statues or idols inside the temple.
No one can take flowers/bhoga/deepa inside the temple. Devotees will not be allowed to light ‘deepa’ inside the temple the devotees.
Also, no one can eat Mahaprasad inside the Ananda Bazar and temple premises, the SOP added.
Devotees have been entering the temple through the Singhadwar and exit through the Uttaradwara.