Brahma Parivartan Fiasco: SJTA issues notice to 9 servitors

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today served notices to nine servitors in connection with the alleged mismanagement in Lord Jagannath’s Brahma Parivartan in 2015, based on the report by the then Chief Administrator of the temple.

As per sources, the notice has been served to eight Daitapatis and one Moharana of Puri Srimandir by Chief Administrator of SJTA Pradipta Mohapatra for delaying the Brahma Parivartan ritual in 2015.

The recipients have been directed to submit their reply within 15 days, or else stringent action would be taken against them if still the administration fails to obtain satisfactory answers from the servitors, added sources.

The Brahma Parivartan is the most secret and sacred ritual of Lord Jagannath when the selected Daitapatis transfer Brahma from old idols to the new ones during the Nabakalebara festival. During the ritual, no one is allowed to enter inside the ‘Garbha Griha’ (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple. Despite being aware of the rituals, a few Daitapatis entered the Garbha Griha and they were followed by a few more. Amid all the chaos, the ritual was delayed.

Earlier, on November 14 2018, the SJTA had served notices to 11 other persons in connection with the Brahma Parivartan fiasco; however their reply failed to satisfy the authorities.

It is pertinent to mention here that during the sacred Nabakalebara rituals at Puri Srimandir in 2015, Daitapati servitors had allegedly delayed the process due to in-fighting among them.