Konark: Tight security arrangements have been made for the annual holy dip rituals at Chandrabhaga beach near Konark on the occasion of Magha Saptami tomorrow.
As many as 30 platoons of policemen have been deployed at Chandrabhaga beach for the annual holy dip rituals.
After a gap of two years’ devotees will be allowed to take holy dips this year. The Puri district administration had imposed restrictions on the congregation of devotees at the fair ground in Chandrabhaga, Tirtha Pushkarini (pond) and Navagraha temple on the occasion of Magha Saptami during the last two years owing to the Covid pandemic.
Puri SP Kanwar Vishal Singh today reviewed the security arrangements made at the Chandrabhaga beach for the smooth conduct of holy dip ritual by devotees’ tomorrow on the occasion of Magha Saptami.
In view of arrival of large number of devotees for Magha Saptami, policemen have been deployed along the Bhubaneswar-Konark road and Puri-Konark road from today afternoon till tomorrow afternoon.
Barricades have been put up for safety of the devotees. A total of 30 platoons of police force, two additional SPs, 30 senior police officers, 100 OICs and ASIs, 250 home guards, traffic policemen, life guards and plain clothes policemen will be deployed.
The SP has said that watch towers have been erected at the sea beach, and fair ground. Seven entry points have been built for the entry of devotees to the Tirtha Pushkarini, the SP added.