Puri Jagannath temple reopens to all devotees today

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Puri Jagannath temple reopens today: According to the state government’s Standard Operating Policy (SOP), all devotees are allowed into the shrine from 7 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday.

On Monday, the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha, will be reopened for all devotees after being kept closed for almost four months amidst Kovid-restrictions as the administration has gradually allowed entry into the shrine. In the first phase, the Jagannath Temple was reopened on August 12, but only family members of the servants were allowed inside the shrine. On August 16, the administration allowed Puri residents to visit the temple during the second phase of the reopening.

According to the state government’s Standard Operating Policy (SOP), all devotees are allowed into the shrine from 7 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday. The temple is closed on weekends for workers to keep the premises clean. Organizers close the temple during major festivals to avoid congestion.

Devotees visiting the temple are required to submit a complete vaccination status certificate or a negative Kovid test report not exceeding 96 hours. They must also have a government-issued identity card such as Aadhaar.

On Sunday, police asked devotees to share their views to enhance the experience of visiting the shrine. “We want everyone to give feedback and use this opportunity to further help us in improving the hassle-free darshan experience for the devotees,” Puri police said on Twitter.

Devotees can express their views on the police service at the temple by submitting a form or through online QR code scanning systems set up in parking lots and other places.

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