Puri: Ahead of the much-awaited Deba Snana festival of Lord Jagannath and his siblings on Friday, local MLA Jayant Sarangi has requested the State government to allow devotees to have darshan of the deities on the bathing altar with strict social distancing guidelines.
It may be noted that Odisha government has already announced to clamp down section 144 of CrPC in and areas around Jagannath temple to prevent movement of public during the Snana Yatra to prevent spread of Covid-19.
Speaking to media, Puri MLA Sarangi said that it has been three months last devotees last witnessed the Holy Trinity due to the imposed Covid lockdown across the country.
"Snana Yatra is the most important ceremony of the Holy Trinity before the annual Rath Yatra and is deeply attached to the religious sentiments of the local people. Besides since there is ample space on Bada Danda after demolition of establishments, we request the authorities and the temple administration to allow people of the town to have darshan of the deities with social distancing and other Covid-19 guidelines," said Sarangi.
The State government has made extensive arrangements for observance of the Deba Snana Purnima in the pilgrim town tomorrow. As per the ritual timetable, the Pahandi rituals of the deities will begin from 1am tonight.
The bathing of Lord Jagannath and his siblings along with Lord Sudarsan will be completed between 7.30 am and 9.30 am. The Hati Besha of the deities will be held at 11 am tomorrow. After competition of all other rituals, the return Pahandi of the deities will be completed by 8 pm tomorrow.
The Anasara neeti which marks the absence of the Holy Trinity from the Ratna Bedi for recuperation from high fever following the grand bath will begin at 4 am early in the morning of June 6.