Although the absence of devotees has taken the sheen away from the festival, the return journey of the almighty is being held amid restrictions and Covid protocol for the second consecutive year.
The move came after devotees, social activists and media reports alleged presence of outsiders in the cordon of the chariots during the live telecast of the annual car festival.
As many as 65 platoons of police force along with 500 officers of various ranks will be deployed for the festival
Convenor of Jagannath Sena Priyadarshan Pattnaik says the Collector has no power to restrict movement of family members inside their own house.
The 'Snana Yatra' is held on the full-moon day in 'Jyestha' month of the Hindu calendar, considered to be the birthday of Lord Jagannath, ahead of the Rath Yatra.
Other Jagannath temples in the state can only observe the rituals in the temple premises without any celebrations.
On the eve of the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra here, police today said it has found crude bombs during a search in Gomatipur, a communally-sensitive area of the city.