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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The auspicious Rath Yatra at Maa Biraja Temple in Jajpur, scheduled to be held from October 6 till October 13 on the occasion of Durga Mahastami, will be held without devotees, the district administration announced on Monday. 

During a meeting held between temple servitors and district administration yesterday, it was decided that the chariots will be pulled by the temple servitors and police personnel. Moreover, section 144 will be clamped from October 6 till October 13 at the shrine and the temple's vicinity. The restrictions will be enforced from 2 pm to 5 am during these days. 

Devotees are allowed to visit the temple from 5am to 2pm, and they will be permitted to get a glimpse of the chariot from a distance only.

"From October 6, restrictions will be clamped from 2 pm to next day 5 am and this will continue till October 13. However, devotees will be allowed to visit the temple from 5 am to 2 pm and they can get a glimpse of the chariot from a distance. They also won't be allowed to make any offerings on the chariot," informed Chakrabarti Singh Rathore, Jajpur Collector. 

"Respecting the emotions of the devotees, the collector has decided to allow them to visit the temple from 5 am to 2 pm for 'darshan'. However, section 144 will be clamped from 2 pm to 5 am during which the chariot pulling ceremony will be conducted. We are contented with the decision and such restriction was required," said Devi Prasad Pani, Chairman, Muktimandap Servitor.

"There will be no anomaly in carrying out the rituals of puja due to the imposed restrictions," he added.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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