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Suryakant Jena

The Puri district administration on Monday announced that tight restrictions will be imposed around the Lord Jagannath Temple on Diwali to discourage people not to light Kaunriya Kathi (jute sticks) near the shrine during the festival.

While the temple administration has already declared to keep the shrine shut for the devotees on the day of the festival of lights, public has also been urged to refrain from gathering around the temple to offer paya shraddha and burn kaunriya kathi during the occasion.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC will be clamped around Srimandir to prevent people from crowding to perform the rituals, informed Puri Sub-collector Bhabatarana Sahu.

Every year, lakhs of devotees from all around the state and country throng the 12th-century shrine of Lord Jagannath to pay obeisance to their ancestors during Diwali.

People offer Paya Shraddha and light jute sticks with belief that spirits of our forefathers who visit the earth on Mahalaya may return to their heavenly abode with lights on Diwali.

Meanwhile, the new guidelines on the entry of Puri town residents into Lord Jagannath Temple have come to effect from today.

As per the new protocols, residents of Puri will be allowed to enter the temple through the west gate and exit through the north gate. Two separate kiosks for assisting people and special arrangements of barricade have been put in place to provide smooth and hassle-free darshan to devotees.

People having already received two doses of Covid vaccine or with COVID negative RTPCR test will only be allowed to enter the shrine, informed Puri Sub-collector Bhabatarana Sahu.

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