New Delhi: The Odisha government has decided to impose curfew in the Puri district from 10 p.m. on June 30 to 10 p.m. on July 2 for smooth conduct of the Bahuda Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings without participation of devotees.Also Read - Viral Video: Wild Bear & Its Cub Enter Odisha Village, Chased Away by Residents | Watch

The curfew would be imposed to prevent devotees from taking part in the Yatra, said Puri Collector Balwant Singh. Also Read - Maharashtra, Karnataka, 4 Others Among 'States of Concern', Centre Rushes Teams To Review Situation

Notably, the Bahuda Yatra (return chariot festival) of the deities will be held on July 1. Lord Jagannath and his siblings will return from Gundicha Temple on three wooden chariots during the Yatra. Also Read - Odisha: Huge Quantity of Exlosives Seized in Malkangiri, Security Forces Suspect Naxal Activity

No visitors would be allowed to the pilgrim town between July 1 and July 4. Hotels have been asked not to allow any tourist during the period.

After the Supreme Court allowed holding of Rath Yatra, the nine-day annual sojourn of the deities began on June 23. The chariots were pulled by servitors, who had tested Covid-19 negative, to Gundicha Temple, nearly 3 km away from the Jagannath Temple.

On Friday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the arrangements for the Bahuda Yatra and rituals, like Suna Vesha, Adhara Pana and Niladri Bije.