BMC Issues Fresh Guidelines For Rukuna Rath Jatra

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday issued detailed guidelines for the Rukuna Rath Jatra of Lord Lingaraj at Bhubaneswar.

A high-level meeting with relevant stakeholders of the Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. The entire car festival will be celebrated with strict observance of the present Covid-19 protocols.

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Here are the Guidelines:

  • No devotees will be allowed to participate in the car festival as well as return car festival.
  • Only Sevayats will be allowed to conduct the car festival and return car festival.
  • The temple authorities to coordinate with BMC for sanitization of the Rath (Car) before putting to use.
  • All Sevayats shall have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing before 48 hours of day of Car Festival and Return Car Festival. Only those Sevayats coming out negative can participate in the festival.
  • Sebayats who are allowed for festival with negative RT-PCR reports shall have to use masks during the festival ad maintain social distancing as per the Covid protocol.
  • The temple authorities to ensure thermal screening of Sebayats on daily basis before allowing them for participation and also make provision for hand sanitization.
  • Burning of fire crackers during car procession has been strictly banned.
  • Spitting during the car festival and chewing of pan has been strictly prohibited.
  • Other activities like food vendors/Meena bazaars/cultural functionsand other kinds are strictly prohibited.


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