Puri: The rituals of Lord Jagannath and siblings in Puri Srimandir of Odisha for Kartika month will begin from today. The Srimandir administration has decided the schedule for the rituals.
As per the schedule, the temple gate will open at 4 am everyday with Mangala Alati, Mailam, Tadapalagi, Abhakasha. These rituals will be followed by Radha Damodara Besha, Gopala Ballav, Sakaladhupa, Baladhupa, Bhogamandapa and Madhyanha Dhupa. All the rituals will come to an end with Diba Pahuda ritual. The evening rituals including Sandhya arati followed by Sandhya Dhupa and Bada Singhara Besha will also take place.
On November 12, the idols will wear the Harihara Besha after the Abakasha ritual while on November 19 the Lords will wear the Thiakia Besha or Laxminarayana Besha and then Hari Utthapana niti will be performed.
Similarly on November 21, the Lords will wear Adikia Besha or Tribikrama Besha while on November 22 the idols will be decorated with the Dalikia Besha or Nrusingha Besha. Thereafter on November 23, Lord Jagannath will wear the Rajadhiraja Besha.
The Shree Jagannatha Temple Administration (SJTA) administration as well as the District administration has made special arrangements for Kartika month. As many as eight platoon police forces will be deployed at the temple for darshan.
It is noteworthy of that the darshan timings will be from 7 AM to 9 PM on all days except for one day as the temple will remain closed for public Darshan on all Sundays as a measure to contain the spread of Corona Virus disease and in order to sanitize the temple premises.
The temple will also remain closed on major festive occasions in order to avoid any spike in transmission of COVID-19 on account of large gathering that is anticipated on such festive occasions. In November, temple will remain closed for darshan on November 4 (Deepavali), November 15 (Bada Ekadashi) and November 19 (Kartika Purnima).
Besides, the general guidelines on account of COVID-19 for all devotees will continue to remain the same. Mandatory usage of masks (inside and outside temple premises), sanitizers, maintaining social distancing. Devotees are requested not to touch statues or idols inside the temple.The lighting of deepas inside the temple at the designated places by the devotees will be permitted.
It is permitted to carry flowers/bhoga inside the Temple but such items shall be placed at pre-designated places as earmarked by the Temple administration. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with Co-morbidities, pregnant Women and Children below 10 years are advised not to visit the Temple in view of the prevailing covid-19 situation.