Vaccination certificate not needed for visit to Puri Shree Jagannatha Temple

Puri: Easing restrictions for devotees to pay obeisance to deities at the Shree Jagannatha Temple in Puri, the Shree Jagannatha Temple Administration (SJTA) today said final vaccination certificate is not mandatory for visit to the 12th century shrine.

SJTA Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar informed that devotees are not required to carry double-dose vaccination certificate to visit the temple from February 21, 2022. Also, devotes are not needed to take RTPCR certificate to go inside the temple.

The decision has been taken at the Chhatisa Nijog meeting where Kumar was present to discuss the preparations for President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit on February 19.

As most people have received the double dose of Covid vaccine, the Chhatisa Nijog decided to do away with the final vaccination certificate norm for the devotees.

However, mask wearing is mandatory for devotees visiting the temple, Kumar added.

He further informed general public will not be allowed to pay obeisance to the deities at the temple from 4 PM to 6 PM on February 19 in view of the President’s visit.

Apart from Jagannatha darshan, the President will inaugurate the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Srimad Bhakti Sidhant Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada, the founder of Goudiya Mission on February 20.

Later, he will also visit Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Mutt before returning to Delhi.

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