Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 25:
The holy town of Puri in Odisha witnessed a massive rush of devotees eager to witness the Sandhya Darshan of the deities at the Adapa Mandap inside Sri Gundicha temple since early this morning.
Keeping tomorrow’s Bahuda Yatra and other rituals of the Lords in mind, the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has decided to allow the devotees to have the Sandhya Darshan of the Lords till 7 PM today.
The police and the temple administration have taken adequate measures to facilitate smooth darshan of the deities at the Adapa Mandap by devotees.
“One-way barricades have been erected from in front of the Sri Gundicha temple to the Adapa Mandap so that the devotees can move in a queue and have darshan of the deities,” said Nabakalebara OSD Soumendra Priyadarshi.
He said the police have taken extra measures to regulate traffic movement during the Sandhya Darshan and Bahuda Yatra.
“Since a large number of vehicles have come to Puri today, we have regulated the traffic at the Malatipatpur and Atharanala from where the devotees will walk by foot to the Sri Gundicha temple,” he added.
“We have requested the devotees to have the Sandhya Darshan of the Lords by 7 PM after which the temple will be closed. Since the Bahuda Yatra is scheduled tomorrow, there will be a series of rituals to be performed by the Daitapatis. To ensure timely conduct of these rituals followed by Pahandi and the pulling of the chariots, the temple administration has decided to stop the Sandhya Darshan after 7 PM,” SJTA chief administrator Suresh Chandra Mohapatra told reporters here.
Meanwhile, chief secretary GC Pati, who had a review meeting on the proceedings for the Bahuda Yatra here today, told reporters that in view of the death of two women during Rath Yatra, steps would be taken to ensure no such occurrences during the Bahuda Yatra of the Lords.
“Priority has been given to the traffic and crowd movement during the Bahuda Yatra to avoid heavy rush,” he added.
As per the schedule for the Bahuda Yatra, the pahandi of the Lords will begin at noon 12 PM, followed by the Chhera Panhara by the Gajapati King Divyasingh Dev at 2 PM.
The pulling of the chariots would begin at 4 PM after the completion of rituals of the Lords by the Daitapatis on the chariots.