Puri district administration is making arrangements to house three thousand devotees intends to observe month long “kartika brata” in this pilgrim town. As per schedule the kartika brata would begin on October 13 and end on November 12. While nine hundred devotees would be accommodated in railway tourist shelter centre, six hundred in Municipality Kalyan Mandop and one thousand five hundred to be housed in Narendrakona parmanent habishyali center.
District Collector Balwant Singh deployed a dozen nodal officers to supervise arrangements. The devotees observing brata would be provided free accommodation, one time mahaprasad per day, transportation from their accommodation to Sri Jagannath temple and return, Life guards and security personnel will be deployed at the the bathing ghats and holy water bodies of the srikshetra, first aid centres with medicos will be provided in shelter homes.
Priests will be appointed to help devotees perform their religious work while religious discourse sessions will be organized in their shelters every evening and health check-up of every devotee would be carried out. This apart, CCTV cameras would be installed in each devotee shelter camps and adequate number of security and fire personnel would be deployed during observance of month long Kartik brata.
Devotees intend to observe brata at government expense needs to apply on line or off line to the district tourist officer by October 11 for enrolment of their names,official sources here said.