Dhenkanal: Ahead of Mahashivratri, the Dhenkanal district administration is making necessary arrangements to ensure smooth observance of the auspicious day at Kapilash, the famous shrine of Lord Shiva, in adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.
In view of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the district administration has decided not to allow people from others districts and states to visit Kapilash. However, devotees only from the district can enter the temple and have darshan of the Lord on the day by showing COVID-19 negative report.
Besides, the district administration has given permission to different vendors to set up their stalls in the periphery on the occasion. Concerned officials have been asked to ensure that all COVID-19 norms, including mask-wearing and social-distancing are strictly followed by the public on the occasion.
Hundreds of devotees from various parts of the state throng the holly shrine to offer prayer to Lord Shiva on the occasion every year.