Puri, December 23: After remaining shut for almost nine months in view of the Covid-19 restrictions, the Sri Jagannath Temple here was thrown open to the servitors and their kins from today.
In the first phase of the ‘darshan’ which began today and will continue till December 25, only servitors and their families will be allowed inside the temple. They have to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines strictly while inside the temple premises and expected to maintain social distancing.
As per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) released by Puri Collector Balwant Singh yesterday, residents of Puri will get to have darshan of the deities starting from December 26 in a planned manner.
A Ward-wise schedule for darshan for Puri residents have also been released yesterday and tokens will be issued to devotees via Anganwadi, ASHA and other volunteers. Town residents will have to bring the token, Aadhar or voter identity cards along with them for display before entry.
After remaining closed for devotees on January 1 and 2 again to prevent heavy rush of devotees for New Year, the temple will reopen on January 3 allowing devotees of other districts for darshan.
Along with necessary photo-ID proof, the devotees of other districts will have to bring COVID-19 (negative) certificates to access entry into the temple.