Jagannath temple reopens for locals

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Jagannath Temple (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): The Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri reopened today for the local residents of the district, after remaining closed for over 9 months due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The locals are allowed for darshan of the Trinity from 26 to 31 December till 5 pm, the Puri District Administration said.

During the first three days (December 23, 24 and 25), only the family members of the servitors were permitted for darshan inside the Temple premises, according to the reports.

The temple, however, will remain closed on January 1 and 2 to avoid any possibility of spike in transmission of COVID-19 as huge congregation is expected on the occasion of New Year.

Meanwhile, devotees from other parts of Odisha and country will be allowed to visit the temple from January 3 with a COVID-19 negative report, which is not more than four days old.

The district administration also said that, people above 65 years age and children below 10 years will be not allowed to enter the temple premises.