According to the schedule, Sevayats and their families will be allowed entry to the Shreemandir first. Three days from December 23 to 25 have been set for them and thereafter, till December 31, residents of the pilgrim city will be allowed entry to the shrine. The devotees can have darshan of Lord Jagannath and his siblings, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra and deities of side temples from 7 am till 11 pm.
The 12th Century shrine will remain closed for devotees on New Year and January 2.
Devotees from outside Puri will be allowed entry from January 3. Persons aged above 65 years and children below 10 years have been advised not to visit the Shreemandir as they are more vulnerable to Covid infection.
For visit of Lord Jagannath, a ward-wise list has been prepared by the Puri Municipality. While people belonging to Ward No 6 and 9 will visit the temple from 7.30 am to 11.30 am, residents of Ward 12 and 15 will be allowed between 12 pm and 4 pm and devotees from Ward 2, 3 and 11 will visit the temple from 4.30 pm till 11 pm. As many as 15 volunteers belonging to Pratihari Nijog will guide devotees in each shift, according to reports.