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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Puri: Devotees may not be allowed to pay obeisance to the Holy Trinity at Shree Jagannath Temple in the Piligrim city during ‘Padma Mukha Besha’ of the deities on Sunday due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

The Padma Mukha Besha of Lord Jagannath and his siblings falls between the new moon day of Magha and Basanta Panchami. The deities will adorn the besha all through the Saturday night.

However, the devotees may be deprived of the darshan on Sunday morning as per the on-going Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). As per the SOP the temple premises will be sanitised on Sunday and devotees are not allowed to have darshan.

Meanwhile, the servitors have urged the temple administration to allow the devotees to have the darshan of the Trinity in the rare attire.

“Covid-19 has subsided in Odisha. It is almost non-existent in Puri. Sunday being a holiday, devotees often come with their families to have darshan of lord Jagannath. Considering the current situation, they should be allowed entry into the temple to have a glimpse of the ‘Padma Mukha Besha,” said senior servitor Rabishankar Pujapanda.

Devotees have also requested the administration to allow them entry into the temple on Sunday.

“We were not allowed to have the darshan of Trinity on the rarest attire of Nagarjuna Besha due to the pandemic. Now the situation is under control. People should be allowed entry into all the three doors including the Singhadwar and have darshan of the Trinity in a disciplined manner on Sunday,” said a devotee.

On the other hand, the temple administration has made it clear that a decision regarding it will be taken soon.

“We will discuss about the demand of the servitors and the devotees in the coming managing committee meeting and a decision regarding it will be taken soon,” said Ajay Kumar Jena, Srimandir Development Administrator.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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