Odisha: Sec144 to be clamped around Chandrabhaga in view of the Magha Saptami dip on February 19

Konark: The Puri district administration has decided to enforce prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC around the Chandrabhaga beach in Konark in view of the Magha Saptami dip on February 19.

The decision to impose the prohibitory order was decided to prevent spread of Covid-19 during the festival that witnesses a mass gathering every year.As per reports, the prohibitory order would come in to effect from 11 am of February 18 and remain in force till 1 pm of February 19. The administration has warned people against taking the holy dip in Chandrabhaga. However, the deities would take the customary dip as per the rituals. As per the tradition, the presiding deities of Konark, Lord Tribeniswara, Lord Aisaneswara and Lord Dakhineswara embark on a grand procession to the Tirtha Mandap at Chandrabhaga on the occasion.

The deities then march to the NAC Bhoga Mandap and later they are taken for their customary bath early in the morning. The devotees then take holy dip at the beach before sunrise and offer their obeisance to Sun God.