Puri, Jan 12: The district administration of Puri in Odisha has decided to impose prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in Kalijai temple in Chilika Lake on January 14 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti to prevent the congregation of devotees in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Tuesday.
The 144 regulation will remain in force from 5 AM to 10 PM on January 14, they added.
“There is a possibility of a congregation of thousands of devotees in the Kalijai temple in Chilika Lake on January 14 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. We will not allow devotees to gather in the temple or its periphery from 5 AM to 10 PM on January 14 due to COVID situation. Only the priests and officials associated with temple will be allowed to hold all the rituals on Thursday,” a senior official said.
Extensive security arrangements will be put in place in and around the temple on Thursday, he added.