Devotees 60 Yrs & Above Barred From Darshan During Lord Lingaraj’s Maha Shivaratri

Bhubaneswar: Devotees of 60 years and above age and children below 12 years of age will not be allowed to have darshan during the ‘Jagara Jatra’ or Maha Shivaratri celebrations of Lord Lingaraj which falls on the 11th of this month.

The decision in this regard was taken at a preparatory meeting for the celebrations between Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation’s (BMC’s) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary, representatives of sevayat nijogs (servitor bodies) of the Lingaraj temple, and officials of the temple’s trust board held here today.

“We will be requesting devotees of 60 years and above not to attend the celebration since they are vulnerable and it was also decided that children below 12 years of age will not be allowed to have darshan. It has been further decided that there will be no darshan inside the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum),” informed Chaudhary after the meeting.

The meeting decided to ensure that Covid protocols are strictly adhered to during the celebrations.

“All other arrangements like sanitation, screening, and maintenance of social distancing, wearing of masks, etc as per Covid protocol will be ensured,” the BMC Commissioner said.

Chaudhary said that BMC will be setting up a testing camp for the devotees in case any one of them is found with symptoms during screening.

They will be subjected to antigen test, he added.

“Regarding rituals, it is the temple trust board and sevayats who will take a call, our job is to ensure that Covid protocol is adhered to,” the BMC Commissioner said.

He informed that the BMC will be soon coming out with a notification in this regard.