Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Wednesday decided to keep the Jagannath Temple open on Saturdays and extended the timing for darshan by two more hours.
SJTA Chief Dr.Krishan Kumar sources said that however, the temple will remain closed on Sundays, it said.
Earlier, the temple was being closed during the weekend for sanitisation in view of the COVID-19 situation.
The SJTA also extended the timing for darshan of deities by two hours till 9 PM.
A decision in this regard was taken by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) earlier in the day.
Earlier, the devotees were allowed for darshan from 7 AM to 7 PM.
The temple, which was closed for public during the second wave of COVID-19, reopened on August 23.
The devotees will have to enter through Queue system through the barricades opposite to the shoe stand, situated on North East side of the temple complex.
All devotees visiting the Temple will have to produce the Final Certificate for Covid-19 vaccination (of having taken two Doses) or COVID-19 negative certificate (RT PCR) of testing done within 96 hours prior to their visit to the Temple.
All devotees will be required to bring their photo ID Card like Aadhaar/ Voter ID etc.
Devotees will leave their belongings at the designated place outside the Temple; produce their ID proof for verification and follow the COVID-19 guidelines of hand sanitization & thermal scanning before entering the Temple.
All devotees will enter through Singhadwar. After the Darshan, the exit will be through Uttaradwar.
However, the SJTA said it is mandatory for all devotees to wear masks at all times, inside & outside the Temple.
Devotees should sanitize their hands before entering into the Temple and maintain physical distance at all times as per COVID-19 guidelines and follow Covid appropriate behaviour.
They have been requested not to touch Statues or idols inside the Temple.
Taking flowers/ bhoga/ deepa inside the Temple remains prohibited and there will be big containers at the entrance, where such items can be dropped, if being carried by the devotees.
Lighting of the Deepas inside the Temple by the devotees will not be permitted at all.
Chewing of Tobacco/ Paan and spitting inside the Temple premises is strictly prohibited. A fine of Rs.500/- will be levied for each violation.
There is a complete ban on carrying Polythene Bags inside the Temple. A fine of Rs.100/- will be levied for each violation.
There will be no partaking of Mahaprasad inside Ananda Bazar & Temple premises. However, the devotees can carry Mahaprasad & partake it at their place of residence or any other convenient place.
There will be a separate queue for Differently-abled devotees, for darshan of the Lords.
Parking of the vehicles will be done only at Jagannath Ballav Math premise or any other designated place.