Pradeep Pattanayak

In a piece of good news, Divyang devotees visiting Srimandir in Puri can now go inside the temple and have darshan of Lord Jagannath and His siblings. 

At present, Divyang devotees are being allowed to go up to Singhadwar. They are returning after having the darshan of Lord Patitapaban from the Lion’s Gate. 

They had been demanding a solution for their entry into the temple. 

The issue was discussed at the recently held Chhattisha Nijog meeting. There it was decided that special wooden chairs would be manufactured. There will be carriers (bahaks) to carry the chair with a Divyang devotee on it. They will be taken through the Ghanti Dwar and kept near the Jaya Vijaya Dwar. From there, they can have the darshan of the holy Trinity. 

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Informing about the development, Shree Jagannath Temple Management Committee member, Madhab Chandra Mohapatra said, “They (Divyangs) had been raising their issue at different forums. Though it was late, a solution has been found. The problems faced by Divyang devotees were discussed at the Chhatisha Nijog meeting. All the members agreed unanimously to the wooden chair facility. Meanwhile, two special wooden chairs fitted with two poles have been manufactured. They are for demonstration. Four carriers will carry a chair. Instead of carrying them on their shoulders, they will carry them in their hands.” 

“To avail this chair facility, the Divyang devotees are required to apply online. After getting their slots, they will visit the temple. Every day, 20 such devotees can avail the facility. We will allow another five such devotees who reach the temple without prior booking,” he added.

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