Corona virus: Odisha government refuses to open religious place - Newztezz Online


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Corona virus: Odisha government refuses to open religious place

The world famous Sri Jagannath temple has been stunned by the finding of corona positive by 404 employees. The Government of Odisha has appealed to the High Court that in view of the prevailing situation, other religious places including Sri Jagannath Temple should not be opened yet. Due to Corona epidemic, these shrines have been closed for devotees since March.

The Jagannath temple was closed after the lockdown in March due to Kovid 19. It has not yet been opened to devotees. On Tuesday, 351 sevadars and 53 employees of the temple were found infected with the corona virus. After such a large number of corona infection cases, Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has started the work of getting the temple sanitized.

Ajay Jena, administrator of Shri Jagannath Temple Administration, said that a total of 404 people have been found corona infected in the 12th century temple. The official has informed that most of the servants, who have been confirmed to be infected, are all in home isolation. After their home isolation, there is a lack of worshipers and ritualists in the temple.

He said that despite the absence of such a large number of sevadars and employees, the work and rituals of Lord Jagannath are continuing, but there are some problems. Worship of Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Jagannath requires a group of at least 13-13 priests.

That is why 39 priests as well as other servicemen are needed. Due to the large number of sevadars being infected, the temple administration is considering a proposal to hire junior sevadars for daily worship. Explain that out of the 9 people who died due to Kovid 19 in Puri, three were servicemen of the temple. The administration had conducted Kovid 19 test of all the servants engaged in Lord Jagannath's annual Rath Yatra. Then only two servants were found corona positive.

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