Due to coronavirus pandemic the doors of Jagannath Temple were closed for 9 Months, but now it is likely to reopen before New Year for the devotees, the temple administration said on Saturday.
The Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator Krishan Kumar said that, “The decision on reopening the temple was taken keeping in mind the religious sentiments of the devotees, and the COVID-19 protocol will be strictly observed when the 12th century shrine reopens.”
He further told PTI, “A meeting of temple servitors “Chhatisa Nijog” was held and the SJTA will send its recommendations to the state government for the final approval to reopen the temple.”
Krishan Kumar said that the temple will likely to open from 23rd December and the people of Puri will first get the chance to enter the temple. The detailed SOP( Standard Operating Procedure) will be issued after the governments approval.
Kumar further told that,” We will urge the government to reopen the temple for residents of Puri in the first five days of its reopening, These people are unable to have darshan of the Lords even though they live very close to the temple.”
The Jagannath Puri temple will however remain closed on 1st and 2nd January due to the possibility of rush of the devotees to the temple. However from 3rd of January the temple will remain open for the people wanting to visit the temple.
With inputs from : PTI