IRCTC poster depicting wrong Puri Jagannath temple sparks row

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Mumbai: A poster put up by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus depicting a wrong picture of Puri Jagannath shrine has sparked a controversy.

According to information, the error in the IRCTC poster was first spotted by Srimandir servitor Shambhu Nath Khuntia during his visit to Mumbai.

Khuntia marked that although the poster mentioned the name of Puri Jagannath temple, it depicted a different picture.

Khuntia released the poster’s photo on social media and commented the error is sheer disrespect to Lord Jagannath. “I noticed here Jagannath temple pic which is misguiding the people on the name of Bharat darshan by Indian Railway at Mumbai cst stn” Khuntia stated in his Facebook post and said that even though he asked for an explanation from the IRCTC authorities they said that they were unaware about it.

Khuntia has urged the Jagannath temple administration to take action over the spread of this false information.

Following the incident, the Srimandir authorities swung into action and brought the matter to the notice of higher officials of the Railways.

Srimandir information officer Sudeep Chatterjee later informed that the poster depicting wrong picture of Puri Sri Jagannath temple has been removed after holding talks with officials of the IRCTC and Kolkata railway zone.

He added the IRCTC has agreed to seek apology for putting up the wrong picture.

Earlier, in 2016, State-run Air India had published on its in-flight magazine – Shubh Yatra – that non-vegetarian prasad is sold at the Ananda Bazaar of the Srimandir in Puri. Later the airline apologised for the error.

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