Puri: Unidentified miscreants allegedly looted the donation box (Hundi) of Biswashanti Akhanda Harinama Sankirtan temple located at the west gate of Sri Jagannath temple in Puri on early Thursday morning, highlighting serious breach in the high security area.
The amount of money stored in the box has not been ascertained. There were no ornaments or valuable metals inside the box, temple priests said.
A complaint has been lodged at the Singhadwar police station in this regard.
Nevertheless, the security set up at the 12th century shrine precincts has been questioned following the theft in a temple which is closed to the west gate of the world famous shrine.
The break-in took place in the temple despite the fact that round the clock security is claimed to have been deployed at the west gate of Srimandir.
The temple priest said it occurred at around 1 am this morning.
"The donation box was looted at around 1 this morning. Some cash was inside the box but no gold or silver ornaments were there. Four to five servitors including myself perform daily rituals at the shrine every day," said Anant Dash, a servitor and complainant.
Earlier in April, miscreants had also broken open the donation box of 10th century temple-Mausi Maa shrine and decamped with around Rs 4,000 cash. The looters had broken the lock on the main door to gain entry into the temple which is situated around 500 metres awsy from the Srimandir.
The looters are yet to be arrested.
In January this year, a metallic idol was also looted from the 13th-century Sri Gopinathdev temple at Kakudia under Pipili police limits in the district.