Bhubaneswar: Several religious institutions in Odisha will remain closed for devotees during the new year in view of rising Covid-19 cases including the Omicron variant across the State.
Reportedly, temples including Kakatpur Maa Mangala Temple will remain closed on January 1 and January 2, 2022, while Maa Kalijai Temple in Chilika will remain out of bounds for devotees for 3 days that is on December 31, 2021, January 1, and January 2, 2022.
The Puri district administration has also imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 around Chandrabhaga beach and Ramachandi Temple in Konark from 31st December to January 3 as well.
Section 144 has also been imposed in and around religious and tourist places of Dhenkanal till January 2, 2022.
It is to be noted that all the religious institutions, including temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches, etc. will remain closed for the public from December 31, 2021, to January 2, 2022, within Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) jurisdiction.
The decision has been taken after the newly detected highly contagious OMICRON variant due to the congregation of a large number of citizens.