Puri Srimandir Brahma Parivartan fiasco report cannot be made public: SJTA

Puri: The report on ‘Brahma Parivartan’ fiasco, which had sparked massive public outcry during the sacred Nabakalebara rituals of the holy Trinity of Puri Srimandir in 2015, cannot be made public, said Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradipta Mohapatra today.

Though at the temple managing committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibya Singha Deb, it was admitted that there were lapses during the Brahma Parivartan rituals (the transfer of souls of the deities); it has been decided not to make the report public, informed sources.

“As transfer of soul is a scared ritual, secrecy should be maintained. Hence, the report on Brahma Parivartan fiasco will also not come under the ambit of Right to Information Act (RTI). It will be kept in the safe custody of the temple,” said Mohapatra.

Mohapatra further informed that the managing committee has also decided to start disciplinary action against the servitors involved in the lapses.

SJTA sources informed that the former chief administrator had submitted its report on the Brahma Parivartan fiasco on August 5, 2017. A three member sub-committee had reviewed and also submitted a report to the managing committee.

“As per the section 21(b) of the temple act, disciplinary action will be taken against the servitors. At least 10 to 15 servitors have been held responsible for the irregularities. Disciplinary action will be taken within three months,” Mohapatra added.

Moreover, the decision of not making the Brahma Parivartan fiasco report public has elicited mixed reactions among the servitors.

Binayak Dasmohapatra, who was then appointed as Biswabasu sevayat stated that there were no irregularities during conduct of the Brahma Parivartan rather there was a delay in conduct of the rituals.

However, member of the Srimandir managing committee and Badagrahi of goddess Subhadra, Ramchandra Dasmohapatra demanded action against those who were involved in such lapses.