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New Years Darshan only for vaccinated worshipers at Baidyanath dham, Basukinath temple

Deoghar and Dumka administrations step up measures to manage crowds amid Covid concerns

Our correspondent



Posted on 12/24/21, 8:35 PM

Entrance of unvaccinated people to the famous Baba Baidyanath dham and Basukinath temple will not allow unvaccinated people to visit Lord Shiva’s mansions in Deoghar and next to Dumka on New Year’s Day to try and prevent the traditional rush of worshipers due to the Covid-19 pandemic which faces a new phase of uncertainty due to the rapidly spreading new variant of omicron.

While the state government has yet to announce new restrictions or regulations, district governments are taking a series of measures to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri said: “We have decided to allow entry only to worshipers who are fully vaccinated. Apart from this, other safety precautions such as the mandatory use of masks, and the proper cleaning and sanitation of the temple and its adjacent premises will continue to be in effect. “

On Friday, along with SP Dhananjay Kumar Singh, he inspected the temple premises to monitor administrative preparation for the general maintenance of public order. The two officers also inspected the roads leading to the temple and asked local authorities to clear roadside encroachments to avoid overcrowding.

“Officials were asked to install makeshift toilets and create suitable drinking water facilities in several places on the temple roads to maintain general hygiene and sanitation in the city,” a- he declared.

At least 50,000 people visit Deoghar Temple each year from different parts of the state as well as neighboring Bihar to offer prayers to Lord Shiva on January 1.

Similar measures have been taken by the Dumka district administration for the Basukinath temple, another religious landmark. A temple official said, “A meeting was held with the Basukinath temple authorities on Thursday, after which we decided that only fully vaccinated people would be allowed darshan on January 1. In addition to temple volunteers, the administration will also deploy magistrates and security personnel for crowd control. ”

Jharkhand has so far not reported any cases of infection with Omicron. But there has been a steady increase in the number of new cases of Covid-19 in recent days. The number of active cases in the state is now 236, according to Thursday night’s bulletin, almost double what it was last month.

In the past two days alone, the state has witnessed 95 cases of fresh infection after 44 new cases emerged on Thursday.