Srimandir servitors to wear Boyanika masks during Ratha Jatra

Puri: As decided by Srimandir authorities ahead of the ensuing Ratha Jatra in Puri scheduled on June 23, the servitors to be engaged during the event will wear handloom face masks to prevent possible spread of coronavirus.

The State Government has decided to conduct the Ratha Jatra of Lord Jagannath with participation of only servitors this year. For safety of servitors during COVID-19 pandemic, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) will provide them face masks, which will be supplied by Boyanika, informed a government official yesterday.

As per information, the office of SJTA on Friday has urged Boyanika to provide 5,000 face masks to Srimandir ahead of Ratha Jatra. The authorities have finalised the design of the masks for servitors. The masks will be designed keeping in view of the colours of three chariots and it will be made of popular handloom ‘Bandha’.

The servitors of deities will carry out the rituals by wearing face masks during 9-day-long sojourn as part of precautions against spread of deadly virus.

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