Rashmi Ranjan

The rituals of Lord Jagannath at Puri Srimandir were delayed for around one-and-half hour after blood spill was reported near ‘Bhitara Katha’ of the Srimandir on Monday morning.

As per tradition, the Holy Trinity underwent ‘Maha Snana’ rituals (grand purification) after blood was spotted in premises of the 12th century shrine.

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.

“We stood in the long queues for the darshan of the deities. But, the temple administration did not tell us about halt in the darshan,” rued a devotee.

“We struggled to enter the Srimandir and waited for our turn for long. It was really tough to stand under the scorching heat. The temple administration should have informed devotees, standing in the queue, about the development or arranged at least water for us,” said another devotee.

Later however, devotees were allowed to enter the temple after the completion of Maha Snana ritual of the deities.

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.