Lingaraj Temple reopens for devotees from today, double dose vaccination certificate mandatory

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.


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