Pradeep Pattanayak

A security blanket has been thrown in and around the pilgrim city of Puri for the inauguration ceremony of Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa on January 17.

Informing about the security arrangements, DGP Arun Sarangi on Monday said, “We have made ample security arrangements. The IG-Central Range and the SP of Puri are directly supervising the security arrangements which have been in place for the last few days.”

“We have the city covered in a security blanket. On January 17, there will be a four-tier security arrangement in the city. Around 100 supervisor officers, 250 sub-inspector and assistant sub-inspector rank officers, 80 platoons of police force, and home guards will be deployed. That apart, we have also deployed four bomb disposal and canine squads,” he added. 

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Meanwhile, the city has come alive with all sorts of activities relating to the much-awaited inauguration ceremony.  While a three-day-long yajna started today, Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, and Atharva Veda are being recited at the east, south, west, and north gates respectively. Devotees and tourists have started flocking to the pilgrim city. 

“Besides providing security to the temple and facilities to devotees, the Parikrama Prakalpa has another objective. It is to create a spiritual ambiance around the temple which is going to be fulfilled,” said Ranjan Dash, chief administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration.

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