Coronavirus scare: Restrictions at Jagannath Temple

Puri: Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Sunday decided to impose restrictions at the 12th century shrine in Puri in view of Coronavirus.

It was decided the Srimandir servitors will have to compulsorily wear masks when they are in the sanctum sanctorum.

As per the decision taken at Chhatisa Nijog meeting today, the devotees paying a visit will have to mandatorily fill out a form stating their personal and travel details before entering the temple.

Besides, the servitors have been advised to wash their hands frequently and not to spit paan in public places.

They have been asked not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth as part of precautionary measure for COVID-19.

The devotees will not be allowed to touch or even congregate near ‘Aruna Stambha’, ‘Garuda Stambha’ or any other idols/sub-shrines inside the temple.

Sources said that the devotees will be barred from darshan of deities from the Jagamohan. As per decision, the darshan from Bhitar Katha will be closed till April 15.

Besides, the temple authorities have decided to impose restrictions on huge gathering at Ananda Bazaar.

On the other hand, Sun Temple at Konark will remain out of bounds for tourists and visitors for the next 7 days, informed Puri Collector.