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Coverage Of Snana Yatra By Individual Channels Not Allowed; I&PR To Share Feed

Bhubaneswar: No individual television channels will be allowed to cover ‘Snana Yatra’ event of Lord Jagannath which will be held on June 5, this year.

The Shree Jagannath Temple Office, Puri through a letter issued on Thursday proposed the Information & Public Relations (I&PR) Department of the Odisha Government to make necessary arrangements for live telecast and webcast of the rituals which can be shared with all channels.

“…..it is proposed that I&PR department may make necessary arrangements for live telecast & webcast of the rituals. The feed of live telecast may be shared with all channels and individual channels will not be allowed to cover the event,” a letter addressed to the I&PR Secretary by the Chief Administrator Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) read. 

The letter says that ‘Snana Yatra’ of Lord Shree Jagannath will be held on June 5 and the rituals will be performed inside the temple premises at the Snana Mandapa. 

Since years it’s a general practice that, television broadcasters do live telecast of Snana Yatra on their respective channels, which is very popular amongst devotees of the Lord, the letter added. 

“This year due to COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown stipulations, entry of general public to the Jagannath Temple for ‘Darsan’ has been restricted. Further, social distancing guidelines also needs to be followed and there will also be a number of restrictions in front of temple to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 management guidelines,” the letter stated. 

Subhransu Sekhar Padhi of the SJTA office has been designated as the Nodal Officer for the purpose, the letter further said.

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