Puri, July 1: For smooth conduct of the Bahuda Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings without participation of devotees, the Odisha government has imposed curfew in the Puri district from 10 pm on June 30 to 10 pm on July 2.
The Bahuda Yatra (return chariot festival) of the deities will be held today. Lord Jagannath and his siblings will return from Gundicha Temple on three 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.
After the Supreme Court allowed holding of Rath Yatra, the nine-day annual sojourn of the deities began on June 23. The chariots were pulled by servitors, who had tested Covid-19 negative, to Gundicha Temple.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has reviewed the arrangements for the Bahuda Yatra and rituals, like Suna Vesha, Adhara Pana and Niladri Bije.