Ramakanta Biswas

After remaining out of bounds for devotees for several months due to Covid pandemic, Lord Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar is all set to reopen from September 1. 

A decision in this effect was taken in the temple trust board meeting today which was attended by Khordha Collector (president of the temple trust board), ADM, sub-collector, trust board members, three secretaries of Puja Panda, Badu Nijog and Brahman Nijog and other stakeholders. 

As per the decision, the 11th century shrine will reopen in strict adherence to Covid protocols. Visitors will not be allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum (garbha gruha) of the shrine but darshan will be permitted from Adapa Mandap. 

“The temple will reopen from September 1 and devotees can have darshan of the deity from Adapa Mandap. Double dose vaccination proof is mandatory for both servitors and devotees for entry into the temple. Besides, wearing of masks, sanitising hands and maintaining social distancing will be ensured,” said secretary of Brahman Nijog, Biranchi Pati. 

Recently on August 12, the world famous temple of Lord Jagannath in Puri reopened for devotees after several months of hiatus in the wake of the resurgence of the pandemic. Initially, the family members of the servitors were allowed darshan of the Holy Trinity.

In the second phase, the residents of Puri Municipality area are being allowed entry into the 12th century shrine for five days from August 16 to August 20. Later from August 23, the general darshan will be allowed to all devotees.