All religious institutions - temples, mosques, churches and others get approval to reopen for the public in the state capital from August 23, according to a notification issued by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The BMC decided to allow opening of religious places to the public, with appropriate COVID-19 restrictions based on local assessment of the situation and in consultation with relevant stakeholders. A consultative meeting with relevant stakeholders of all religious groups was held virtually on Saturday.
However no devotee will be allowed inside the 'Garva Griha’ or sanctum santorum of any temple area and will be allowed "Darshan' from a safe distance only.
There shall be no food offerings in the temple. Shree Lingaraj Temple Administration. Bhubaneswar will take appropriate decision to open the temple on or after August 23, the notification said.