Curfew To Be Imposed In Puri For Bahuda Yatra

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Bhubaneswar -: For smooth conduct of the Bahuda Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings without participation of devotees, the Odisha government has decided to impose curfew in the Puri district from 10 p.m. June 30 to 10 p.m.  July 2, according to an official, here Saturday.

The Bahuda Yatra (return chariot festival) of the deities will be held July 1. Lord Jagannath and his siblings will return from Gundicha Temple on three wooden chariots during the Yatra.

The curfew would be imposed to prevent devotees from taking part in the Yatra, said Puri Collector Balwant Singh. No visitors would be allowed to the pilgrim town between July 1 and July 4, he added.

Hotels have been asked not to allow any tourist during the period.

After the Supreme Court allowed holding of Rath Yatra, the nine-day annual sojourn of the deities began June 23. The chariots were pulled by servitors, who had tested Covid-19 negative, to Gundicha Temple, nearly 3 km away from the Jagannath Temple.

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