‘Brahma Paribartan’ photographs fake

Bhubaneswar: The Brahma Paribartan photographs of the deities which were being circulated in social media for past couple of days are fake, State Crime Branch sources said.

The photographs relating to burial of old idols of the deities are also fake, the sources added.

A highly placed source at the agency said, preliminary investigations show that these photographs belong to the idols of an ashram in Bhadrak district.

Yesterday, a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the crime branch led by Inspector A. K. Nayak visited the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration office at Puri.

As none other than specific Daitapati priests have seen the Brahma, it was essential to take record their statements to ascertain its (Brahma’s) authenticity.

It was alleged that some members of the Daitapati Nijog (union) had taken mobile phones to the restricted areas during ‘Brahma Paribartan’ and ‘Patali’ (burial of old idols) on June 15-16. SJTA chief administrator Suresh Chandra Mohapatra had earlier confirmed that at least two priests carried mobile phones to the temple.

SJTA, a government body, had also said that the photographs doing rounds on social media and claiming to be that of the secret rituals of Lord Jagannath were “completely fictitious”.