Joranda Mela begins amid COVID curbs

Dhenkanal: Magha Mela of Mahima cult at Joranda in the district has begun on Thursday with a low key manner amid strict adherence to the Covid-19 protocols.

Devotees from outside the district and State have been barred to entre the premises while Sadhus from outside will be allowed following a rapid antigen test.

After the Covid test, 50 devotees will be allowed at a time to enter the temple for only 10 minutes with social distancing and use of masks. The campus will be sanitised regularly

The decision for imposing Covid-19 restrictions at the mela was taken at a meeting held by Collector Bhumesh Chandra Behera on Sunday. Orders were issued to officers to enforce strict rules in alignment with Covid guidelines.

“There will be no interference in the mela rituals on the premises but Covid guidelines will be strictly adhered to,” the Collector said.