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SJTA Announces Safety Steps


The deadly Coronvirus Scare has impacted Shree Jagannath Temple for which Temple Administration (SJTA) on Sunday announced precautionary measures for devotees visiting Shremandir and to avoid community spread of virus.

Community spread of virus is very dangerous and keeping in view that situation, steps are being taken by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).
 
A high level meeting held here on 15 March chaired by Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar, which discussed the issue at length and decided to take several precautionary and preventive measures, while imposing some restrictions for servitors and devotees at the 12th century shrine in Puri.
SJTA Chief Administrator Dr.Kumar, who is an ardent devotee of Lord Jagannath  urged devotees visiting Srimandir to abide by measures amidst COVID-19 scare.
He said that a set of rules has been prescribed for the devotees, who want to visit Srimandir despite restrictions.
Dr.Kumar said SJTA is prescribing a set of precautions for those who want to visit temple.
Firstly, a declaration form needs to be filled and submitted by the devotees before entering into the temple for darshan. Secondly, the devotees will enter into the temple in a queue.
“The system will be implemented inside the temple for entry and exit. In this regard, we are discussing with Puri SP to ensure a gap of at least 1.5 metre to 2 metre for devotees to enter into the temple in queue,” Dr.Kumar said.
“Apart from darshan, we will impose restrictions on performing special puja to avoid gatherings inside the temple. The devotees, who want to conduct puja on premises of the shrine can do it at their houses or outside the temple,” SJTA Chief said.
The measures were decided at a meeting was also attended by District Collector, Superintendent of Police and Servitors of the temple.
 
In the self-declaration forms it has to be mentioned that he/she and family has not visited Coronavirus affected areas, State or country in 2019.
 
Declaration will have to be given that he/she is not affected by Coronavirus and the devotee will also give in writing that he/she or family members have not affected with cough, fever, cold etc during next 15 days.
 
The devotees will have to stand in a queue for entering the shrine and a gap of at least 2 metres has to be maintained between them, said an official.
 
Devotees will wear mask and will clean hands with sanitizer, while entering inside the temple.
 
Restrictions have also been imposed on touching of Aruna Stambha, Garuda Stambha and the idols in the temple, he said.
 
The servitors will have to wear masks or any cover while performing rituals inside the temple, wash hands frequently, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth as part of the precautionary measures, an official said.
 


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