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Rashmi Ranjan

Puri: A day after allegations of mismanagement in maintaining the tradition during Mahaprasad distribution surfaced, a complaint in this regard was lodged at Singhadwara police station here.

According to sources, members of Sri Jagannath Bhakta Parishad have lodged a police complaint alleging breach of age-old tradition in distributing the Mahaprasad.

Though two special counters have been set up for Mahaprasad distribution following a meeting between the Suara-Mahasuara Nijog and the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Friday, devotees on Monday alleged that no seating arrangement has been made for the consumption of the holy food by the temple authorities.

As per practice, Mahaprasad is consumed in cross-legged posture on the ground. However, in the absence of seating arrangements, devotees are forced to take it on ways they like.

Such breach of the tradition has also invited sharp criticisms from servitors of the Puri Srimandir.

A servitor of the temple said the disrespect to the divine food is arising due to a lack of awareness among devotees about the significance Srimandir Mahaprasad carries. The local administration should take the necessary steps in this regard.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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