Bhubaneswar: In a novel protest, Odisha Mandira Sebayata Sangha (OMSS), a state body of servitors has decided to ring bells across the State against the government's decision in delaying reopening of temples.
OMSS informed that bells will be rung at all temples and servitor’s houses for nine minutes at 9 AM on October 7 across the state to protest against the Government’s apathetic attitude towards their community.
Servitors demanded that the temples in the state should open soon as their livelihood is at stake.
“The livelihoods of all the servitors have been jeopardised as the temples across the state have been shut down due to lockdown restrictions in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. Our family is suffering to make both the ends meet as we have no alternative means for earning. We have requested the government about our plight several times, but of no avail,” said OMSS senior member Kameswar Tripathy.
“We had also requested the government to allow the temples to open from October 1st onwards, which fell in deaf ears. So we have decided to protest against the lackadaisical attitude of the Government,” said Tripathy.
“We didn’t get the permission by Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Commissinerate Police to stage a protest before the assembly on October 7. So we have decided to execute this novel protest on the same date,” said another senior member of OMSS, Subash Mishra.
The secretary of the association has demanded reopening of the temples and requested all the servitors and devotes across the state to actively take part in the agitation.
“The pride and faith of the Hindus is at stake. I request one and all to cooperate us in the protest,” he said.