Ramakanta Biswas

Puri: The Sri Jagannath temple administration (SJTA) has decided to prepare specially designed masks for servitors engaged in various rituals of Lord Jagannath ahead of the annual Rath Yatra of the Holy Trinity this year.

“Around 5000 masks will be prepared in coordination with Boyanika or other SHGs and distributed to daitapati servitors and other servitors engaged inside Srimandir. The servitors will wear the masks while conducting rituals in the temple,” informed SJTA chief administrator Krishan Kumar after a preparatory meeting ahead of annual Rath Yatra.

During the meeting, the SJTA chief administrator held discussion with representatives of temple managing committee. He said emphasis is being given on the welfare of servitors.

“As the temple remained closed in view of coronavirus pandemic, livelihood of servitors has been dealt a huge blow. To compensate them, the State government had earlier released a compensation of Rs 5000 per each servitor. The second instalment of Rs 5000 will be released soon,” the SJTA Chief Administrator said.

He further informed that steps will be taken to ensure that those servitors who have not been covered under health insurance can include their names.

Kumar said the construction of chariots is going on smoothly and the work is well ahead of time. He further thanked Puri district administration and servitors for smooth conduct of Snana Purnima rituals.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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