Vikash Sharma

Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb on Wednesday expressed concerns over the mishap involving Lord Balabhadra during the ‘Adap Mandap Bije’ on Tuesday.

While speaking to journalists, Puri Gajapati Maharaj said that everybody saw the images and it has hurt the devotees of Lord Jagannath across the world. We had not seen such visuals in the past, he said.

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“The Administration will certainly conduct a detailed investigation into the matter. Today, at the Managing Committee meeting, a detailed discussion was held regarding appropriate steps by administration and servitors so that such incidents do not recur,” said Gajapati Maharaj.

The Puri King further informed that from the incident, the servitors have learnt a lesson and they will ensure that such incidents do not happen again.

“There are certain issues like extra sevayats during Pahandi and on chariots. A discussion was held in this regard at the Managing Committee meeting today and appropriate decision on this aspect will be taken so that such incidents do not happen in future,” the Puri Gajapati Maharaj added.

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Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA,) Vir Vikram Yadav said that the Managing Committee meeting was held today and all members expressed concerns over yesterday’s mishap during Adap Mandap bije pahandi.

“All aspects were discussed including yesterday’s pahandi. A three-member Committee will be formed and all the video footage including drones and others will be examined. From the visuals, it will be ascertained who were present and whether all designated people were present or not.”

Revealing more about the Committee, Yadav said that it will comprise ADM, an Administrator (Development) and one deputy superintendent rank official.

“The Committee has been asked to submit a report within 10 days of completion of Niladri Bije," he added.

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