New Delhi, July 13: A multi-layered security net has been built in Puri to ensure smooth conduct of the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra, which is scheduled to commence from Saturday, July 14. Around 8,000 police personnel along with ODRAF, Rapid Action Force, anti bomb squad have been deployed in Puri for the security of the devotees and tourists. Notably, scores of devotees are expected to visit the temple and witness the chariot festival. Also Read - Jagannath Temple in Odisha's Puri Opens Its Door For Devotees After 9 Months. Public Darshan Allowed From Jan 3
A special team has been set up to keep an eye on social media. It has been said that any person found spreading rumours will be booked immediately by the police. Also Read - Odisha Artist Makes Lord Jagannath's Idol with 3,635 Matchsticks
The police had also asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to declare Bada Danda (grand road) as a ‘No Flying Zone’. However, Union Civil Aviation Ministry has refused to do so. Also Read - Jagannath Rath Yatra 2020: Rituals Begin in Puri Without Devotees; Modi, Shah Extend Greetings
The rath (chariots) of Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balabhadra, and their sister Subhadra will start the journey from the 400-year-old Jagannath temple in Jamalpur and pass through Khamasa, Raipur, Kalupur, Prem Darwaza, Dariapur, Delhi Chakla, and Shahpur.