SOP issued for Lingaraj Temple, To reopen from Sept 1

Bhubaneswar: The famous Lingaraj temple in the capital city of Odisha will reopen for devotees from September 1. Reports said that a consultative meeting with relevant stakeholders of all religious groups was held virtually on August 7  following which it was decided that all the temples of Bhubaneswar within the jurisdiction of BMC will reopen with strict observance of COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the devotees in relation with reopening of Lingaraj Temple.

  1. No devotee shall be allowed inside the sanctum sanctorum (Garbha Griha) of the temple area
  2. Devotees will be allowed for darsharn from a safe distance only.
  3. There shall be no offerings like Bhoga, etc in the temple and no offering to the lord shall be accepted by the Sevayats
  4. Maximum of 100 devotees will be allowed from Singhadwar to Ada- Katha
  5. BMC will arrange the barricade system outside the temple
  6. Police team will be deployed around the temple for control and restriction on the movement of the public
  7. All devotees will have to wear mask and maintain social distancing of six feet from each other appropriately at all times

Click to read the official notification

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