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Vikash Sharma

Puri: Devotees will miss the much-awaited grand spectacle of Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath this year owing to the COVID-19 situation.

The decision to put curbs on the entry of devotees for darshan in the temple was taken by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Thursday while finalising the timings for the mega ritual to be held on November 27. Nagarjuna Besha of the Lord was last held in 1994.

Confirming the development, the Niti Prasasak (Administrator, Rituals), Jitendra Sahu today informed that the preparations for the Najarjuna Besha of the Lord have almost reached their final stages and the timings of the rituals have been approved.

A committee will be formed to ensure smooth conduct of the Nagarjuna Besha this year. As per tradition, the deities will be dressed like warriors with golden attire and several weapons including arrows, bows, Hala (plough), Chakra (wheel) and Musala (mace) during the Nagarjuna Besha.

“In view of the COVID-19 situation, the entry of devotees will be restricted as of now. No decision has been taken on online darshan so far,” said Sahu.

Sahu further informed that special rituals will be held during the entire month of Kartik. Steps will be taken to ensure that devotees get Mahaprasad without any hassles.

“A detailed strategy will be chalked out after discussions with Suar and Mahasuar servitor associations to ensure availability of Mahaprasad,” he added.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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