Puri: As Odisha prepares for the Snana Purnima at Jagannath temple, a youth from Puri, Biswajit Nayak made a miniature statue of the ‘Gajanana Besha of Lord Jagannath’, using 1475 ice cream sticks.Also Read - Naveen Patnaik Launches 14 Industrial Projects Worth Rs 1,537 Crore in Odisha. All You Need to Know

“It took me 15 days to make this 30-inches tall & 26-inches wide statue. On the occasion of Devasnana Purnima, I dedicate this to devotees,” he said Also Read - Pet Love: Andhra Man Erects Bronze Statue of His Late Dog on 5th Death Anniversary | See Pics

The Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri was illuminated on Wednesday evening ahead of the Snana Purnima. The gates of the 11th century temple will open on June 25 after several weeks of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - Pet Cat Prevents Cobra From Entering House, Stands Guard For 30 mins to Protect Family

Due to the pandemic, the day will be observed without the physical presence of thousands of devotees. Instead, the festival will be live-streamed for devotees across the world. Only fully vaccinated people with COVID negative report to be allowed in the temple, Chief Administrator of the temple Dr Krishan Kumar informed.

“There will be no gathering outside the temple has Sec 144 will be enforced by district administration. We’ll just follow traditional rituals. After this, Lord Jagannath will take rest for 15 days and reappear during Rath Yatra,” Kumar said.