Chhatisha Nijog agrees PM’s entry into sanctum sanctorum

Puri: The Chhatisha Nijog (apex body of temple servitors’ bodies) on Monday agreed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can enter into the Garbha Griha (sanctum sanctorum) of Jagannath temple and pay obeisance to the deities during the latter’s visit to the 12th century shrine on February 7.

A meeting in this regard was convened between the Nijog and functionaries of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) here today after it emerged that entry of the PM might be restricted considering the ongoing repair work of Jagamohan, the hall facing the sanctum of the temple.

Representatives of the Nijog who attended the meeting informed, Modi will have darshan of the deities after the Sakala Dhupa of the Trinity.

As per the itinerary, after arriving at the helipad on the outskirts of the holy town at 10.40 AM, Modi will proceed to the temple at 10.55 AM for darshan of the Lords. He will stay at the temple till 11.40 AM.

Meanwhile the SJTA authorities have geared up for smooth visit of the PM on the day.

“We are reviewing the security arrangements,” said SJTA chief Suresh Mohapatra.

The Garbha Griha has been made out of bounds to devotees for ongoing repair works of Jagamohan by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which started this week. The sanctum is the area where any devotee can have a closer view of the deities sitting in Ratna Shinghasan (the Jewel Pedestal). During the repair period, devotees are standing in front of wooden barricade at a distance for darshan of the deities.