Bhubaneswar: The famous Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar reopens today for devotees after remaining closed due to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
The devotees can have darshan of Lord Lingaraj from Ada Katha (wooden wall inside the temple) as per the following Covid-19 guidelines issued by BMC.
- It is mandatory for visitors to furnish proof of two doses of vaccination certificates either on paper or mobile phone at the entrance.
- Entering sanctum sanctorum is strictly forbidden for devotees. A maximum number of 100 devotees can go from the Lion’s Gate to Ada Katha to offer prayer to Lord Lingaraj at a time.
- Servitors cannot accept any offerings from the devotees and devotees will be allowed to have darshan only.
- Devotee will have to wear mask and line up in the barricade put up by the BMC to maintain a social distance of 6 feet from each other.
- Servitors with RT-PCR negative report along with certificates of double doses of vaccines will be allowed to perform rituals in the temple.
- The temple authorities will arrange for the devotees to wash their hands and sanitize their hands at the entry and exit.
- Spitting pan, tobacco in and outside the temple is prohibited.
- Gathering of more than 25 people will not be allowed in the temple.
- Thermal screening of devotees will be conducted at the Lion’s Gate of the temple.