Puri Jagannath Temple reopens for devotees; Check guidelines

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri reopened for devotees today, after being closed since January 10 due to the COVID-19 situation.

The temple will remain closed on Sundays for sanitisation purpose. The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) had decided for closure of the shrine from January 10 till January 31.

The SJTA has issued the following guidelines and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in connection with the reopening of the temple.

* The devotees can enter the temple for darshan of Lords from 06:00 AM to 09:00 PM on all days, when the temple is open for public darshan. However, the Temple will remain closed for public darshan on all Sundays in order to sanitize the Temple premises as a measure to contain the spread of Coronavirus disease.

* All devotees will be required to bring their photo ID Card, namely, Aadhaar/ Voter ID or any other photo ID card for identification, along with final certificate for Covid-19 vaccination (of having taken two doses) or Covid-19 negative certificate (RT-PCR) of testing done within 96 hours prior to their visit to the Temple.

* It is mandatory for all pilgrims to wear Masks at all times; inside & outside of the Temple. People flouting the norms will be fined, and may be refused entry to the temple.

* Devotees should sanitize their hands before entering the Temple. There should be strict enforcement, for ensuring COVID appropriate behavior by all concerned.

* Devotees should maintain physical distance at all times as per COVID-19 guidelines.

The above order will be reviewed periodically and revised instructions will be issued from time to time, keeping in view the evolving situation.

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