Puri, Dec 12: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Saturday decided to recommend the Odisha Government for reopening of Srimandir in Puri for devotees, informed SJTA Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar after the Chatisha NIjog meeting.
The 12-century shrine will be reopened only after getting permission from the State government, he said.
Once the temple reopens, COVID-19 protocols will strictly be followed for the devotees visiting the Srimandir, he added.
“Initially, the devotees from Puri will be allowed to have darshan of the deities. However, there will be no darshan of the deities on January 1 and 2 in view of overcrowding,” the SJTA chief said.
“Darshan for all devotees will resume from January 3. Devotees with COVID negative report will be allowed to enter the temple,” he said.
A maximum of 5000 devotees will be allowed in a day to have darshan of the Lord Jagannath and his siblings, he added.
Jagannath Temple, the most popular religious shrine in Odisha, has been shut for devotees since March 20 this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.