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All set for Trinity’s Snan Purnima in Puri

 Shree Jagannath Temple Administration today finalised the schedules for the annual bathing ritual Snan Purnima of the Trinity – Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath — here tomorrow.

Puri District Administration has made elaborate security arrangements for the ritual and completed all preparations for the festival, said SJTA sources.

The sources said, the temple administration has held discussion with the servitors for smooth and timely conduct of the festival during which a huge congregation is expected.

A three-tier security system is being set up to ensure that devotees get Darshan from a distance and did not touch the deities during the ritual, they said.

The entire Shree Mandir premises will be under CCTV surveillance and the IG, SP and District Magistrate will monitor the proceedings, they added.

This year, the devotees will not be allowed to touch the deities during the Pahandi of the deities from the Ratna Simhasana to Anasara Pindi.

To sensitize the public about this, posters have been put up in four different languages, said SJTA Chief PK Jena.

He said the Servitors’ family members will be allowed darshan during the last half hour on the Mandap but not allowed to touch, Jena said.

Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati will be allowed to offer prayers but cannot touch the deities on the Snana Mandap during the Snana Yatra rituals on Friday, informed Daitapati Nijog secretary, Premanand Dasmohapatra.

The Nijog, however, said that it will not assume the responsibility of ensuring enforcement of the ban on touching the deities.

“We will not be responsible if anyone touches the deities on the Snana Mandap. If anyone sneaks in and touches the deities, police has to take the responsibility,” said Dasmohapatra.

The Darshan of Lord Jagannath and his siblings, will be open for public from 7 pm to 9.30 pm on the day. The Bahuda Pahandi will be conducted between 10.30 pm and 1.30 am, he added.

Notably, some devotees had touched the deities on Snana Mandap last year triggering controversy.


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