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Jagannath Puri temple reopens for all devotees from 23-08-2021

After the second wave of Covid-19 Puri’s Jagannath Temple to reopen for visitors from August 16.

Important Update on Jagannath Puri Temple :

The temple will be opened on Saturdays and devotees will be allowed to visit the temple from 7 am to 9 pm and will remain closed on Sundays for sanitization.

The temple will remain closed on major festive occasions on September 10 (Ganesh Chaturthi), September 17 (Bamana Janma, Sunia & Biswakarma Puja), and October 6 (Mahalaya), October 15 (Dussehra), and October 20 (Kumar Purnima).

The lighting of deepas (lamps) inside the temple at the designated place by the devotees will be permitted and the devotees were permitted to carry flowers/ bhoga inside the temple.

  • Devotees from the rest of the country will be allowed to visit the temple after August 23
  • Devotees will have to be fully vaccinated or present a negative RT-PCR report not older than 96 hours.

The temple has been closed to devotees since March 20 following the Covid-19 outbreak and the Rath Yatra was held in June without the presence of any devotees following a last-minute order by the Supreme Court.

“The district administration is working on finalizing the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the smooth regulation of devotees and the darshan system in compliance with the government’s Covid-19 guidelines,” the temple’s chief administrator Krishan Kumar said.

BJD member Amar Prasad Satpathy said the Government is aware of the religious sentiments of the people. However, one cannot ignore the reality in the field. The local administration would take decisions regarding the opening of temples and other places of worship, he said.

Temple Timing of Jagannath Puri Temple After Lockdown

all devotees will be allowed to enter the shrine from 7 am to 9 pm from Monday to Friday.

Jagannath Puri Temple Close

The temple will remain closed over weekends for workers to sanitize the premises and the administration will also keep the temple closed during the major festivals in order to avoid crowding.

Opening Jagannath Puri General Public Darshan guidelines

1. Temple likely to open on August 16
2. Saturday and Sunday, darshans to remain closed.
3. From August 16, the temple will open for all but only with negative RT-PCR reports not older than 96 hours.
6. Strict Covid 19 protocols will be implemented. Wearing the mask, use of hand sanitizer, social distancing will be insisted upon.
7. Covid negative certificate done in the last 96 hours will be required. RAT and RT PCR both tests will be allowed.
8. There will be strict regulation on bringing any offerings like flowers or offering of diyas
9. Queue arrangements will be implemented both outside and inside the temple.
10. Detailed SOP will be issued after approval.

Accommodation of Jagannath Puri Temple Trust

Rooms in Puri or a Dharamshala in Puri near Jagannath temple can be booked on the YatraDham.Org. the website conveniently with an assurance of reliability. A Puri Dharamshala list which includes  Many Dharamshala in Jagannath Puri is near the temple.  in Puri are among various options for the visitor.

Checkout, List of Top 10 Dharamshala in Jagannath Puri

Dharamshala Name



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Shri Chaitanya Gaudiya Mutt

Jagannath Puri Temple Reopen on December 23

Located 1.5 km from the Puri bus stand, Shri Chaitanya Gaudiya Mutt offers three bedded AC and non AC rooms. Meals are available here.

Assam Jatri Niwas

Located 3 km from the Puri bus stand, Assam Jatri Niwas offers two and three bedded AC and non AC rooms, as well as dormitory accommodation.

Rukmani Birla Mangal Bhavan (Birla Guest House)

Located 5 km from the Puri bus stand, Rukmini Birla Mangal Bhavan offers two bedded AC rooms in beautiful surroundings.

Sri Bhakta Nivas

2.5 km from the Puri bus stand, Sri Bhakta Niwas offers two and three-bedded AC and non AC rooms as well as four-bedded rooms.

Shri Purushottam Vatika

3.4 km from the Puri bus stand, Shri Purishottam math offers two, three and six-bedded rooms as well as dormitory accommodation

Nitaai Gaudiya Math

Located 5.5 km from the Puri bus stand. Nitaai Gaudiya Math offers two bedded rooms. Located in a quiet area a stay here can be pleasant and enjoyable

Nilandri Complex

1.8 km from the Puri bus stand, Nilandri Complex offers two bedded AC and non AC rooms. Meals are available here

Sri Purushottam Gaudiya Math

Sri Purushottam Gaudiya Math in Jagannath Puri is 4.2 km from the local Bus Stand. It is around 1.0 km from the Jagannath Puri Railway Station

Nilachal Bhakta & Yatri Niwas

Located 2 km from the Puri Bus stand, Nilachal Bhakta and Yatri Niwas offers two bedded deluxe AC rooms with one extra mattress. 

Shri Damodar Goudiya Mutt

2.5 km from the Puri bus stand, Shri Damodar Gaudiya Mutt offers two bedded deluxe AC rooms. Very near the sea and with clean spacious rooms

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