Self-Declaration Form For Jagannath Temple Entry

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration has asked its devotees to fill a self-declaration form before permitting them entry into the complex. The administration has decided to streamline the darshan system, ensuring at least two meters of gap between visitors inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

“We will supply the self-declaration forms to visitors at different places, including bus stands and railway station in Puri. In the form, they have to specify details about their origin of the journey and whether they visited any corona-affected country or state in the last fifteen days. Devotees will also give us details if they or any of their family members carry flu-like symptoms. All our staff and devotees should use masks in the temple,” said Krishan Kumar, the SJTA’s chief administrator.

Despite the evident threat and general panic about coronavirus, the temple has not witnessed a reduction in footfall. Servitors have also been requested to use masks for performing daily rituals of the deities.

Additionally, Puri District Collector Balwant Singh said that the state administration will arrange for health desks and thermal screening of devotees outside the temple. “We will restrict the movement of the crowd inside the temple. After discussion with the police, we will limit the capacity of devotees inside the temple to ensure social distancing,” said Singh.