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Dilip Kumar

Cuttack: Religious institutions including famous Cuttack Chandi temple and Maa Charchika temple at Banki in the district has re-opened for the public on Thursday after a hiatus of over nine months.

The temples and other religious places were closed since March due to Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent nation-wide lockdown.

The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has issued advisory and fixed standard operating procedure (SOP) for devotees. The SOP includes use of face mask, hand sanitising and social distancing while entering the temple and places of worship.

The CMC has also asked the authorities of various religious places to make arrangement for hand washing outside their institution.

Almost all temples and religious places across the State have already reopened amid strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines.

Earlier, the Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri, Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar, Samaleswari temple in Sambalpur, Maa Mangala temple in Kakatpur, Maa Tarini temple in Ghatagaan and other famous shrines across Odisha were thrown open for the devotees.

On Wednesday, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) withdrew the age restriction for devotees for entry into the Lord Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar.

Similarly, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has made Covid negative report mandatory for devotees to make entry into the 12th century shrine.

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