Entry of Russian disrupts rituals at Lingaraj
"The security personnel at the temple could not detect the trespasser as he had entered it after covering his face," he said adding the Russian was dressed in typical Indian dhoti and kurta which helped him to evade attention at the crowded main gate. The foreigner, identified as Skukhzat had, however, claimed to be a Hindu and had said his religious name was Sunder Gopal Das. He was later released on personal bond at the police station, Patnaik said.
Later the temple was `purified` and the `Mahasnan` ritual of the deity Lord Shiva was held as per tradition, Patnaik said. A signboard at the main entrance of the temple mentions that only Hindus are allowed entry into the shrine.