Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Preparations are in full swing for the forthcoming Bahuda Jatra in Puri on July 20 as Lord Jagannath and his siblings are all set to return to their abode-Srimandir after a week-long stay at Gundicha temple.

In a bid to curb the congregation of devotees during the return sojourn of the Holy Trinity, the district administration has ordered the closure of all the hotels, lodgings, inns and guest houses from today. The owners of these organisations have been asked to submit written reports about the closure of their organisations before the district administration.

Meanwhile, Puri Muncipality is preparing a list of the people residing in the houses which are situated in both sides of the Grand Road (Bada Danda). No one will be allowed to witness the return journey of the Holy Trinity from rooftops on July 20.

Odisha Government has imposed curfew in Puri town starting from 8 pm on Monday. The curfew will continue till the end of the Jatra on July 20.

“Like Ratha Jatra, prohibitory orders under Section 144 (CrPC) will be clamped in Puri from 8 pm on Monday in view of the Bahuda Jatra. No one will be allowed to witness the Jatra from rooftops,” said Puri Collector Samarth Verma.

According to the district administration sources, all the shops, offices, commercial establishments and even medicine shops in Bada Dnda will remain closed. However, except Grand Road, medicine shops and optical stores will remain open at all other places in Puri town.

Meanwhile, the three auspicious chariots of the deities-Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra have taken their southern turning-around- ‘Dakshina Moda’, for their return journey. As per the tradition, the chariots were pulled one after the other starting with the chariot of Devi Subhadra, followed by Lord Balabhadra and then Lord Jagannath, in the southward direction starting from the entry gate of the Shri Jagannath temple on Saturday. The chariots were parked at the exit gate of Gundicha Temple, also known as ‘Nakachanadwar’.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)