Berhampur, Mar 19 (Local Wire): The Ganjam district administration has now put restrictions on the famous Baruni Snana on the occasion of Maha Baruni festival in the district.
The festival is observed at different places along the banks of Rushikulya and Bahuda.
This comes when the threat of Coronavirus looms large in the state.
Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange said the restrictions under Coronavirus Regulations will remain in force and ensuring distance would be maintained strictly during the festival.
Meanwhile the police and Block officials of Aska, Purushottampur and Sorada held meetings with locals and sought their cooperation and requested them not to crowd the river in large numbers and to shun from public congregations at the banks.
“We have requested people not to congregate for the holi dip on the occasion of Maha Baruni” said Block Development Officer (BDO) of Aska Pradeep Kumar Panda.
Though the district administration has revoked Section 144 CrPC from Wednesday evening, which was imposed since Sunday evening, but it said that social distancing will be implemented though massive awareness among the people, media campaigning as per the operational guidelines of social distancing for COVID 2019.
Irrespective of gender and age groups, thousands of pilgrims from far off places often throng the river banks.
Pilgrims with their mythological beliefs love to take a dip on particular spots on the river bed on the occasion with the belief that it would wash away all their sins.