After Tamil Nadu Temples, Jagannath Temple In Puri Bans Smartphones From January 1

by Shreya Rathod
After Tamil Nadu Temples, Jagannath Temple In Puri Bans Smartphones From January 1

Temples play a significant role in the Hindu religion. Many Indians also visit temples during holidays. Recently, many of the prominent temples have started banning smartphones inside the temple. One of them is the Shri Jagannath Temple of Puri in Odisha. Here are the rules that you will need to follow if you wish to visit Shri Jagganath Temple.

No Smartphones In Puri Jagannath Temple

Puri Jagannath Temple
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Puri Jagannath Temple is one of the Char Dhams that holds a prominent place in the Hindu religion. The temple authorities have announced a complete ban on entry with smartphones. This rule will come into effect from the 1st of January, 2023. Surprisingly, not only devotees but also the servitors and the temple staff will have to follow this rule.

Before entering the temple, people will have to submit their smartphones to the designated counters. Moreover, the authorities have assured us that they will make special arrangements regarding the safety of the phones. However, those who carry basic or burner phones with no features of videography and photography are allowed to carry them inside.

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Ban On Smartphones Inside Temples

Puri Jagannath Temple is not the first one to impose such rules. The Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain has put restrictions on smartphones, inside the temple premises. The Madras High Court put such restrictions on visiting Meenakshi Amman Temple of Madurai. According to temple authorities, a shrine is a peaceful place, and the use of a smartphone disturbs the serenity of the place.

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Smartphones have become so essential that we can hardly live without them. However, it is true that serenity and peace are what make us visit these temples in the first place.

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