Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) announced to reopen the Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri, on 23rd December. After the announcement, the state has been divided with people who are supporting the decision, and some are completely against it.
Now with the decision of reopening the Shri Jagannath Temple, servitors of other temples have also demanded to take a similar finding of reopening of the other temples across the state. With the guidance of the COVID-19 restrictions, the servitors have issued a demand for the temple’s reopening with a similar procedure.
As per the reports, SJTA has recommended the State Government to reopen the temple from 23rd December for the residents of Puri and from 3rd January for the outsiders. Till now, the State Government has not yet come to any conclusion regarding the reopening of the shrine. However, the Government is to take a call for the reopening of other shrines like Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar, Tarini temple in Ghatagan of Keonjhar, Goddess Charchhika temple in Banki, Cuttack Chandi temple and other temples across the state.
The servitors at the Lingaraj Temple are demanding a meeting of the temple trust to take necessary actions about the reopening of the shrine. Even the servitors of Cuttack Chandi Mandir have insisted on a similar request to the Government as they are entirely dependent upon the devotees’ donations for their livelihood. Due to the pandemic outburst, their livelihood has been seriously affected.
The authorities have asked the people to show their negative report of the COVID -19 test within 24 hours before entering the Shri Jagannath Temple. People are very skeptical about this decision as devotees can forger their reports to get entry to the temple, leading to some severe consequences for the pandemic situation.
Jayanta Sarangi, Puri MLA, said that the decision of mandatory submitting the COVID report before entering the temple could be a little difficult to execute but also informed that he will welcome any move or decision made by the State Government for the safety of the devotees.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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