Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In a good news for the divyang and elderly devotees, they can get direct darshan of Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra on sanctum sanctorum inside Puri Srimandir soon.

The temple administration committee has initiated a primary discussion in this regard with ‘Mahaprasad Bojhia’ servitors and other volunteers of the temple. Following the approval of the managing committee, the proposal will be executed soon.

Darshan of Lord Jagannath is still out of bounds for Divyang devotees. They are only allowed to have the darshan of Patitapabaana on wheelchairs.

“I have come from Bihar to have darshan of Lord Jagannath. I will ask the Lord for the betterment of the whole world. Though wheelchairs are not allowed inside the temple, I am hopeful that Lord Jagannath will guide me to have his darshan inside the temple. My son is accompanying me. I am hopeful that with the support of his arms and a stick, I will be able to have the darshan of Lord Jagannath,” said a woman divyang devotee.

As per a temple official, an elaborate discussion has been made for the entrance of divyang devotees inside the temple in a meeting on Friday.

“We had started the initiative before the outbreak of Covid-19. But it was stopped after the pandemic due to a shortage of staff. We have decided to start the process again through the north gate of the temple,” said a temple administration official.

“There will be a rest room for the divyang devotees, who will register online and offline, near the north gate and a special officer will be allotted there. As per the tradition, some servitors were carrying the divyang devotees inside the temple earlier. We will follow the same process to ensure Jagannath darshan of divyang devotees,” he added.