While three Chariots- Nandighosh, Taladhwaj and Darpadalan- have been kept ready, administrative and security preparations have also been completed.
Clamping of a 48-hour curfew in the pilgrim city started at 8 pm today in order to ensure smooth conduct of Raths without participation of devotees, as decided by the Government in view of prevalence of Covid19 pandemic.
Director General of Police Abhay visited the town for the second time and reviewed security preparations made for the grand festival. He held discussion with SP, IG and other senior police officers.
As per a decision finalised yesterday, a total of 65 platoons of police force have been deployed for security purposes. As many as 10 ASPs, 31 DSP and Assistant Commanders and 64 Inspectors will supervise the security arrangements.
The entire town will be divided into 12 zones. While the Bada Danda from Shreemandir to Shree Gundicha Mandir will be divided into four zones, the other parts of the town will be made eight zones and, accordingly, security arrangements will be made.
While devotees have been restricted to enter the pilgrim city, the local residents have been asked not to gather at balcony or rooftops to watch pulling of Raths. The chariots will be pulled by servitors in the presence of police personnel.
On Sunday, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration chief Kissan Kumar went to Gobardhan Peetha and invitated Jagadguru Sankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati to attend the Rath Yatra as per the tradition. As per the invitation, Shankaracharya along with six of his disciples will pay obeisance to deities on their respective Raths.
While Pahandi has been scheduled to begin at 8 am, Chherapanhara (sweeping of Rath floors with golden brooms) by Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb is scheduled to be conducted between 12.45 pm and 2pm. Pulling of Raths will begin at 3 pm.