Puri: After Odisha government’s announcement on devotee-less Rath Yatra, all eyes are on the Debasnan Purnima of Lord Jagannath and his sibling, scheduled on June 24.
Will devotees be allowed? As per the present SOP issued by Shree Jagannath Temple Administration the Jagannath temple is closed for darshan till June 15.
Considering the eagerness among the devotees to have a glimpse of the Trinity and apprehending rush during the Debasnan Purnima on the SJTA is likely to extend the ban on darshan.
Reports said the district administration has made elaborate security arrangement for the annual bathing ritual of the deities and Puri SP K Vishal Singh has reviewed security arrangement with senior police officials on the matter.
A three tier security ring will be set up along with barricading around the temple during the celebrations.
Puri Collector Samarth Verma said the focus is on health in the pilgrim town in view of coronavirus. The second dose vaccination of Sevayats has started as part of healthcare measure and construction of chariots is on in full swing.
The Special Relief Commissioner had on Thursday announced Rath Yatra will be held only in Puri without devotees to check the surge in coronavirus cases.