Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration has decided to convert Nilachal Bhakta Nivas of the Grand Road in Puri into a Covid Care Centre. This facility will act as a dedicated 120-bed CCC for Servitors and officials associated with the temple.
Amid the ongoing wave of COVID-19, as many as 50 persons linked to the Jagannath Temple have tested positive for coronavirus. The SJTA has imposed restrictions on Darshan and devotees coming from other states.
The devotees coming to Puri from other states will need to produce an RTPCR negative report (testing carried out four days prior to arrival in Puri) or second dose vaccination certificate. Similarly, devotees from across Odisha (except Puri district) will need to produce an identity card for entering the temple.
According to reports, 22 Servitors and their family members, 19 employees of the shoe stands, and 9 employees of the SJTA have tested positive for COVID-19.
On the other hand, the wooden logs for constructing the Lords’ chariots arrived on the Grand Road today from Nayagarh. This is the third phase of arrival of the ‘Ratha Katha’ or wood meant for the chariot.
A total of of 865 pieces of logs are needed for the construction of chariots this year while 69 pieces of logs were left over from previous year. Till Monday, 62 logs have reached in Puri, while the rest of the required logs will reach in phases.
The construction of the three chariots is scheduled to be begin on Akshaya Tritiya that falls on May 14 this year. The Rath Yatra is scheduled to be held on July 12 and will continue till July 22.