Mrunal Manmay Dash

Puri: In a welcome development, the famous Alarnath Temple and Maa Harachandi Temple at Brahmagiri in Puri are all set to reopen from 23 December 2020, albeit with some restrictions.

Informing the decision, Tehsildar of Brahmagiri, Kishwar Kumar Panda said that the decision was taken after a thorough discussion with the servitors of both the temples.

The development comes close on the heels of the announcement for some major religious shrines like Puri Srimandir which will also be reopened from tomorrow.

The decision to open Alarnath and Harachandi temples were taken keeping in view of increasing demands from both servitors and devotees who have been devoid of the darshan of the Lords during last nine months.

Local authorities have said that both the temples will remain shut on Dec 25, 31 and the New Year day to avoid public rush.

"After discussion with the servitors, we came to know that the Harachandi temple gets crowded on December 25 every year. So we have decided to close it on December 25, 31 and January 1. However, the Alarnath Temple will remain shut only on December 31 and January 1," said Panda.

Notably, both the temples in Brahmagiri were shut indefinitely on March 21 this year in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier on Friday, while announcing the reopening of Srimandir in Puri from 23 December, Collector Balwant Singh had said that all the religious institutions in Puri will reopen on December 23, 2020.

However, the local administrative authorities like Tehsildars and IICs would hold a meeting in this regard and make necessary arrangements for darshan in prominent temples like Bata Mangala and Lord Alarnath temple. The Sarpanches and RIs will look after the management of temples in their localities.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)