Even as temples and other religious places in Cuttack have reopened after remaining closed for over three months for public, decision on permission for Ganesh Puja and other festivals is yet to be taken by the district administration.
As the festive season is approaching, the Commissionerate Police said it would take decision after discussing with district administration and Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) authorities.
“Unlock process began from August 1. Cuttack is a city which is famous for its festivities. As Ganesh Puja is approaching, we have not yet decided on permission for the Puja in the city. We would soon discuss with the CMC officials, district administration regarding the modalities for conduct of Ganesh Puja. Then, we will let you know. If it is allowed, what would be the guidelines would be discussed,” Police Commissioner Saumendra Priyadarshi told media persons.
Religious institutions in Cuttack district except Dhabaleswar temple reopened today for devotees with strict covid guidelines in place. Dhabaleswar shrine, which is a famous site of Lord Shiva, will remain closed in apprehension of heavy congregation of Bol Bom devotees in the current month of Sravana.
Shrines and religious places in Kendrapara, Koraput and Jajpur district also reopened today. Gupteswar temple, the famous Shiva Temple in Koraput, however, will remain closed for public.
Meanwhile, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) will meet today to discuss regarding the reopening of Srimandir even as other shrines and places of worship including sun temple at Konark were thrown opened for pilgrims from Tuesday.
The Odisha Government, in its August unlock guidelines, authorised the district administrations to decide on reopening of temples and conduct of festival in their respective jurisdiction.