Puri: The Odisha police have prepared a detailed security blue-print for the world famous Ratha Yatra at Puri scheduled to be held on July 12.
Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay today reviewed the security arrangements after visiting the Srimandir and the surroundings places today. The DGP appealed to the residents in the pilgrim town to cooperate with police to ensure a hassle free devotee-less Ratha Yatra this year, as per the government decision, due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
The DGP was accompanied by ADG RK Sharma, ADG Lalit Das, DIG Anup Sahoo, IG Narasingh Bhol and the Puri Superintendent of Police.
Meanwhile, the Raj Vaidya (royal physicians) have prepared the Dasamula Modak, a kind of herbal medicine, on the 11th day of the Anasara Period (Dasami Tithi) for the ailing deities. The medicines will be offered to the deities tomorrow on ‘Ekadasi’ following which the holy trinity will recover fully from fever and give darshan to the devotees in an event called the 'Naba Jauban darshan'.
On the other hand, the construction of chariots has reached almost the concluding phases with painters making tireless efforts for their beautification.
The Odisha government had recently imposed restrictions on public viewing of the mega religious event on roof top of houses and lodges lining the Bada Danda.
A curfew will be clamped in Puri town a day before the festival on July 12 and the restrictions will remain effective till the next afternoon, Puri's District Magistrate Samarth Verma said.
The Ratha Yatra is being organised without the participation of devotees for the second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
People in the holy town can witness the live broadcast of the divine event on television as in other parts of the State, country or world at large.