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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Ganjam: Amid the sudden surge in the Covid-19 cases in the bordering districts of Odisha, Ganjam district administration on Friday imposed fresh restrictions in the district apprehending contamination of the pandemic.

According to the new advisory issued by Ganjam Collector, Gopalpur and Sunapur beaches will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Similarly, Ramalingeshwar park and Tampra will be closed on Mondays. Meanwhile, Maa Taratarini temple will remain closed on every Wednesday.

The Tara Tarini Temple will open for six days in the week. The temple will remain closed on Wednesdays for complete sanitisation of the shrine.

Similarly, night time sanitisation will be conducted twice a week after the closure of the temple for public darshan.

Earlier, the district administration had prohibited the arrangement of feasts outside and in the nearby areas of the temple. This apart, the ritual of tonsuring children’s heads has also been banned at the Tara Tarini temple.

Every year during Chaitra Mela, devotees visit the temple every Tuesday braving scorching sun and climbing hundreds of steps above the hill to participate in a special ritual to tonsure their babies and offer hair to the Goddess.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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