Puri: The Jagannath temple in the Temple Town will reopen to the devotees from August 16.
A decision to this effect was taken at the Chhattish Nijog meeting presided by chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Krishan Kumar on Wednesday.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Kumar said for the first five days from August 16 to 20, only the residents of Puri town will be allowed to go inside the temple for darshan of the Lords.
The devotees from outside Puri will be allowed entry from August 23 since the temple will remain closed for two days on Saturday and Sunday due to the weekend shutdown. The temple will remain open from 7 am to 8 pm, he added.
Kumar also made it clear that for having the darshan of the Lords, the devotees have to produce the document of taking two doses of COVID-19 vaccination or the report of the RT-PCR test conducted 96 hours ago.
He said that apart from the weekend shutdown, the devotees will not be allowed to enter the temple during the Janmastami festival on August 30.