Puri Srimandir Reopens: SJTA Issues SOPs; Makes Use Of Masks Mandatory

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) here has issued standard operating procedure (SOP) for the darshan of deities as Lord Jagannath temple here has reopened its door for the pilgrims today after being closed for around 9 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While all special arrangements and guidelines are in place by the district administration, the SJTA has issued some mandatory SOPs for the devotees.

The 12th-century shrine was reopened today. While family members of the Sevaks will be allowed darshan of the Holy Trinity from December 23 to December 25, the residents of Puri Municipality area will be allowed for darshan from December 26 to December 31.

The temple will remain closed on January 1 and 2 to avoid any possibility of spike in transmission of COVID-19 as huge congregation is expected on the occasion of the New Year. However, all devotees will be allowed for darshan of the deities from January 3.

Here’re the Guidelines For All Devotees:

  • It is mandatory for all pilgrims to wear masks at all times, inside and outside the Temple.
  • Devotees should sanitize their hands before entering the temple.
  • Devotees should maintain physical distance at all times as per CoVID guidelines.
  • Devotees are requested not to touch statues or idols inside the temple.
  • It is prohibited to take flowers, Bhoga, Deepa inside the Temple.
  • There will be big containers placed at the entrance, where such items can be dropped if being carried by the devotees.
  • There will be no lighting of ‘Deepa’ (diya) inside the temple by the devotees.
  • There will be no marketing of Mahaprasad inside Ananda Bazar and Temple premises.
  • Chewing of Tobacco/ Paan and spitting inside temple premises is strictly prohibited.
  • Parking of vehicles will be done only at Jagannatha Ballav Math premises and other designated places.
  • Persons above 65years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years are advised not to visit the temple in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation.

Guidelines For Family Members Of Sevaks:

Family members of Sevaks will be allowed darshan from Mangal Alati till Rati Pahuda through any of the gates.
While entering into the temple, they are required to produce their Health Insurance Card/any other card issued by SJTA along with photo ID Card like, Aadhaar, Voter ID Card etc.
Entry of Non-Sevak devotees accompanying the Sevayat family members, if any, will not be allowed.

Guidelines For Residents Of Puri Municipality:

  • Queue system will open from 7 AM at Market Chhak.
  • Residents are required to bring with them the token provided, along with the Aadhaar Card/ Voter ID Card of all the members of the family visiting the Jagannath temple.
  • Residents will make entry through the barricade from Market Chhak till Jagannath Temple office; leave their belongings at the designated place outside the Temple; produce their ID proof for verification and follow the COVID19 guidelines of hand sanitization & thermal scanning before entering into the Temple.
    All devotees will enter through Singhadwar. After the darshan, the exit will be through Uttaradwar.

Guidelines For All Devotees Who Will Be Visiting Puri Jagannath Temple From Jan 3:

  • Queue system will open from 8 AM at Market Chhak.
  • All devotees will be required to bring COVID-19 negative certificate (RTPCR/Antigen) of testing done within 96 hours prior to their visit to the temple.
  • All devotees will be required to bring their photo ID Card – Aadhaar/Voter ID etc.
  • Devotees will make entry through the barricade from Market Chhak till Jagannath Temple office; leave their belongings at the designated place outside the Temple; produce their ID proof for verification and follow the COvID19 guidelines of hand sanitization & thermal scanning before entering the Temple.
  • All devotees will enter through Singhadwar. After the Darshan, the exit will be through Uttaradwar.
  • SJTA chief administrator Krishan Kumar has said that these guidelines will be reviewed periodically and revised instructions would be issued from time to time to further facilitate darshan by devotees and also managing the pandemic situation.
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