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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration will now allow the entry of the devotees through the Paschim Dwara (West Gate) from April 29. 

A decision in this regard was taken during a high-level Srimandir management committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb on Friday.  The meeting also witnessed discussion on different matters along with a major focus on the arrangements for the upcoming Ratha Jatra. 

With this, the devotees will be now be allowed to enter through Singhadwara, the lion's gate in the east and Vyaghradwara, the tiger’s gate in the west while they will exit through Hastidwara, the elephant gate in the North and Ashvadwara, the horse’s gate in the south.

In addition, the path construction under the Srimandir parikrama project was analysed at the meeting.

Moreover, a discussion was held on the budget estimates for 2022-23 fiscal under the chairmanship of Chief Administrator of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). During the meeting, the members also discussed Gurukul, servitor welfare, Chandan Jatra and Akshay Tritiya preparations.  

The newly appointed Chief administrator of SJTA Bir Bikram Yadav attended his first managing committee meeting. A representative of servitors and the ASI superintendent also took part in the meeting. 

As per the new budget provision, Rs 237.85 crore has been proposed by the committee for different purposes. Of the total budget estimated, Rs 126, 73 crore has been received through donations while Rs 110, 85 crore has been earned through temple's bank deposits.

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