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Rashmi Ranjan

Puri: Alleged use of a wrong image of Puri Lord Jagannath Temple in a programme of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has triggered a controversy in Odisha. A police complaint in this regard has been registered at the Singhadwara police station here.

Servitor from Chhamu Khuntia nijoga, Sambhunath Khuntia has filed the complaint alleging use of a wrong image of the 12th-century shrine on IRCTC Bharat Darshan programme. In his objection, Khuntia has alleged that the incorrect image of the Srimandir has been used in some newspapers which is a blatant insult to the Holy Trinity, Jagannath culture and hurt to the religious sentiments of crores of Jagannath followers.

"Wrong pictures of Puri Srimandir were used on the IRCTC's Bharat Darshan posters. A picture of a temple from Hyderabad was used in place of the Lord Jagannath temple in the advertisements," Khuntia alleged adding that if such mistakes continue in future, it would lead to widespread unrest.

Reacting on the development, Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator Krishan Kumar said more pictures and information about Srimandir will be circulated on various social media platforms to create public awareness about the rich history, culture and heritage of the Srimandir so that such incidents can be avoided in the future.

"We need to become more pro-active on our various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Jagannath Prachar Prasar Samiti will ensure that facts about Puri Srimandir are promoted extensively. It will help the people gather the right information about the 12th-century shrine," Kumar said.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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