Devotees throng Puri Srimandir as ‘Panchuka’ begins

Puri: Thousands of devotees from across the State thronged Puri Srimandir to have a darshan of the holy trinity on the occasion of Panchuka (last five days of the holy month of Kartika) which began today.

The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of rituals and hassle-free darshan of the deities who will be dressed in five different attires (beshas) each day during the Panchuka.

As per the rituals, on the first day of Panchuka, the deities are adorned with ‘Laxmi Narayan’ besha.

Meanwhile, heightened security arrangements have been put in place in the vicinity of the Jagannath temple in the pilgrim town.

According to sources, 15 platoons of police force have been deployed in and around the 12th century shrine. Wooden and iron barricades have been constructed by the administration for crowd management in and around the Srimandir.

“Separate special arrangements have been made for the first three days and next for Kartik Purnima. As many as 15 platoons of police force have been deployed in and around the temple,” Additional SP of Puri, Gagarin Mohanty said.

According to sources, special security measures will be undertaken on the ‘Kartik Purnima’ day and an additional 20 platoons of police forces will be deployed in and around the Srimandir and sea beach.

Similarly, devotees were seen making beelines at different Shiva shrines across the State this morning on the auspicious occasion as today is the last Somvar of the holy month of Kartika.