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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Berhampur: After a long hiatus of ten months due to the Covid-19 restrictions, one of the highly-revered religious sites in Berhampur, Maa Budhi Thakurani Temple reopened its door for public today.

The temple has opened its doors for devotees in accordance with strict Covid-19 SOPs. The district administration has set up barricades for the smooth darshan by the devotees.

According to reports, several restrictions have been implemented for the devotees during entry into the temple in order to maintain proper social distancing. Use of masks and sanitizers has been made compulsory for the people.

However, the devotees visiting the famous temple would not be allowed to enter its ‘garbha-griha’ (sanctum- sanctorum). The temple management has imposed a ban on the entry of the devotees into the sanctum-sanctorum in a bid to effectively manage the huge crowd and implement the Covid-19 protocols.

It is worth mentioning that major temples across the State have opened their doors for public on Sunday giving the people an opportunity to catch the glimpses of the deities.

Among the famous shrines, Samaleswari Temple in Sambalpur, Tara Tarini Temple in Ganjam, Baladebjiew Temple in Kendrapara, and Gorekhnath and Sarala Temples in Jagatsinghpur reopened their doors for public darshan.

However, on Sunday, Lingaraj Temple reopened for the residents of the Capital City only. The temple will be opened exclusively for the citizens of Bhubaneswar from January 3 to 5 by adhering to Covid-19 protocol.

Tourists and devotees of other parts of the State and the country will be allowed entry into the 11th century shrine from January 6. Only servitors and their family members were earlier allowed to enter the temple between December 27 and 31.

(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)

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