Lord Jagannath’s Nagarjuna Besha: Dist Admin To Seal All Entry Points To Puri

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Puri: The district administration here has decided to seal all entry points to Puri town from Wednesday afternoon as the outstation devotees will not be allowed for the darshan of Lord Jagannath’s Nagarjuna Besha.

“In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have requested the devotees not to visit Puri during the Nagarjuna Besha of the Lord. Police will be deployed at all entry points of the town to stall any such attempts,” Puri sub-collector.

The residents of Puri, however, will be allowed darshan of Lord Patitapabana at Simhadwara of the Jagannath temple. “For the darshan of the Lord, the devotees will come from the Marichikot Chhak in a queue and leave through the Kakudikhai Chhak after the darshan,” he added.

Sahu further said that three-tier security has been put in place at the three gates of the temple to stop the entry of the devotees during Nagarjuna Besha. Apart from this, mobile phones of all temple sevayats are being checked by a special team of police, he pointed out.

The rare attire of the Trinity (Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra), which was last observed in 1994, will be conducted on November 27 this year, after 26 years.

Nagarjuna Besha commemorates the killing of Sahashrarjuna by Lord Parsuram. It is observed in the years when ‘Panchaka’, the last five days of the holy month of Kartika, is observed for six days.

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