Puri: A chopper on Thursday strayed into the no-fly zone over Puri Srimandir during the auspicious Snana Purnima rituals of Lord Jagannath and his siblings.
Though the entry of the helicopter into the restricted zone raised serious security concerns at the Puri temple, the SP, Puri, Kanwar Vishal Singh said that the chopper belonged to the Indian Coast Guard and there was nothing to worry about.
Singh said that the chopper was of the Indian Coast Guard and, as a security drill of the marine force was underway, it was seen flying near the Srimandir.
“It was the helicopter of Indian Coast Guard and the movement was due to the security drill. We cannot reveal details of the drill. There’s nothing to worry,” he said.
The Divine bathing of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Sudarsan was conducted today by the servitors without the participation of devotees due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Servitors bathed the deities with a total of 108 pitchers of aromatic herbal water from Suna Kua (well) near Sitala Mandir.