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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Keonjhar: The famous Chaiti Parba of Maa Tarini kicked off at Ghatgaon in the district from today with all Covid-19 guidelines in place.

According to reports, the temple and district administrations have made elaborate arrangements for the smooth observance of the festival in adherence with the pandemic protocols.

Devotees have been allowed to have the darshan of the Goddess following rituals like Snana (bath), Majana and Sunabesha (golden attire). Keonjhar district administration, which issued some fresh guidelines for the famous festival of the Goddess, stated that the devotees would be allowed darshan from April 9 to 12 and after April 14. The public darshan of the Goddess during the period will be allowed from 7am to 12.30 am and 3.30pm to 7pm every day.

The district administration has banned public darshan at Goddess Tarini temple in Ghatgaon on April 13 and 14 on Chaiti Parba and Pana Sankranti. The decision has been taken by the administration anticipating heavy footfall at the shrine on the festive occasion.

However, all rituals will be performed by the servitors in strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols. Devotees will not be allowed to offer ‘Bhoga’ at the famous site. All the shops selling puja materials for offerings will remain closed during ‘Chaiti Parba’.

Similarly, distribution of ‘Pana’ and Anna Prasad has been restricted this year. All the rituals and special Puja of the Goddess will be telecast on social media, the administration stated through a statement.

These apart, no cultural programmes will be allowed to be performed on the occasion.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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