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Puri ready for Car festival, Civil Aviation refuses to declare it 'no flying zone'

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Puri | Thursday, Jul 12 2018 IST
The civil aviation department has refused to declare the skies of Puri as 'no flying zone', Superintendent of police Sarthak Sarangi said today .

According to the communiqu received here since Puri falls in the international flight route, it is not possible to declare it a 'no flying zone'.

The civil aviation authorities stated that the international flights fly above 35 thousand feet from the ground level. The flights coming down to 10 thousand feet would be signaled accordingly, the letter said.

Earlier the state police had written a letter to declare the Puri city as no flying zone for one month during the annual Rath Yatra.

Meanwhile, the preparation for the 'Nabajouban Vesha' of the holy Trinity of Sri Jagannath temple scheduled for Friday is almost complete.

On Thursday three set of Dattamahapatra servitors performed 'Banaklaagi' doing facials of the deities in the sick room which continued for over five hours.

The faces of the deities were blurred following the grand bath on the 'Snan Purnima' day.The deities would as per the temple schedule would give darshan to the devotees in their new youthful vigour called "Nabajouban Vesha"on Friday about 8 am and the darshan would continue till 10 am. While first hour is slated for 'Parmanik Darshan'( ticketed) the second hour is for 'Sahana Mela' (free public darshan). Early in the morning the daily chores of the deities would commence with Mangal Aarati at 5.10 am and abakash at 7 am. Then the public would be allowed the darshan of Nabajouban Vesh of the deities. Thereafter, the deities would be served breakfast (Gopal bhog) besides "Sakal Dhupa" (cooked food offering).

The servitors would prepare the deities for the next day journey.

The deities would issue 'Ajnamallyas' (permission in form of floral garlands) to veer the three rathas from the construction yard and place them in front of the Lion Gate facing the east and for the consecration ceremony.

A mock drill of Rath Yatra was organized, involving all the departments of security along with the magistrates on the reserve police grounds, on Thursday.

Apart from regular police, SOG, Quick Action Team and Rapid Action Force had participated in the drill. Three police vehicles were taken as three rathas. Each one of them fixed with the ropes and pulled one after another with security cordons on along with the magistrates.

Additional DGP Satyajit Mohanty conducted the drill while Soumendra Priyadarshi and other senior police officers monitored the drill.

All preparations for the 14 July car festival of lord Jagannath and his siblings are almost ready. While the Darjees (traditional tailors) decked the three rathas in their respective colours, decorative items were put in place. The Kalash, Amolaka and flag masts were installed. On Friday night the three raths would be pulled and placed in front of the 'Simhadwar' or the Lion Gate for the fete.

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