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Somatirtha Purohit

The rituals of Lord Jagannath and his siblings were delayed after a devotee reportedly vomited near the ‘Bhitara Katha’ of the Srimandir on Tuesday morning.

As per rituals, the Holy Trinity underwent 'Maha Snana" (grand purification) ritual after the matter came to the fore.

Devotees were restricted to enter the temple premises during the 'Maha Snana' ritual, sources added.

Later, the devotees were allowed to have darshan of the deities following the completion of grand purification rituals.

Earlier on Monday, darshan at the 12th century shrine was halted for faround one-and-half hour after blood spill was spotted near ‘Bhitara Katha’.

The hold-up in the nitis irked a large number of devotees waiting for darshan at the temple. They expressed displeasure as they were not allowed to enter the temple for darshan due to the grand purification rituals.

It is worthwhile to mention here that, in case any untoward incidents lead to blood spill in the temple premises, the Maha Snana ritual of the Holy Trinity is performed.

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