As per tradition, the ritual of 'Kauri Khela' (dice game), a form of gambling between Lord Jagannath and his consort Mahalaxmi, was performed at the shrine.
Like previous year, the height of idols was reduced to four feet. Devotees were not allowed at puja pandals and priests performed rituals of the deities.
The precious metal is part of the 1,345 kg silver donated by a Mumbai-based devotee of Lord Jagannath to SJTA for cladding the temple doors.
Late in the night, birth of Lord Krishna and a complex set of rituals were observed by servitors in the shrine.
From August 16 to 20, residents of Puri town would be allowed to have darshan of the deities.
Dr Krishan Kumar said servitors would pull the chariots to Srimandir by following COVID guidelines and the SOP issued by the Odisha government.
SJTA seeks utmost confidentiality in sharing data and analysis
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to undertake 3D laser scanning of the Sri Jagannath temple at Puri during the Rath Yatra.
The Trinity in Srimandir was provided fruits and Pana (energy drink) in the Anasar Ghara (sick room) on Friday.
The SJTA decided to close the Srimandir for public darshan till May 15 in face of a vicious surge of COVID in Odisha.
In view of COVID-19 resurgence in the State, the SJTA has decided to observe Dolapurnima festival in strict adherence to all the safety norms.
The Puri King presented the traditional ‘Khandua Pata’, a special silk cloth used for religious purposes, to the President.