Queue system at Srimandir: Resentment grows among devotees, servitors

Puri: Resentment over the new queue system for darshan at Puri Srimandir continues to grow among devotees and servitors. The new arrangement has drawn a lot of flak on the second-day of its implementation today.

According to reports, devotees today tried to enter the temple forcibly through Singha Dwar to witness Mangalarati.

Devotees from distant places were displeased with the new system citing that it delayed their entry into the temple. They even termed the closure of the three entrances of the temple as a step against the tradition.

“The new arrangement is causing a lot of trouble for devotees. People are suffocating and are not able to get out. This tradition is not right, the earlier system was good,” said a devotee.

On the other hand, Sri Jagannath Sena has called for a Puri bandh tomorrow as a mark of protest against the new arrangement. They will even stage protest on issues of manhandling of journalists, disappearance of Ratna Bhandar keys and Brahma Parivartan fiasco report.

Convener of Sri Jagannath Sena, Priyadarshan Patnaik said “This is not a political step as the devotees have themselves called for the bandh.”

“If people support us, we will protest against the closure of temple doors. Hundreds of people will forcibly enter through the doors,” warned senior servitor, Binayak Das Mohapatra.

On the other hand, the district Collector has assured to take into consideration all the feedback about the new arrangement.

“We will analyze the arrangement on a day-to-day basis. We have even received some feedback which will be taken into consideration. The ultimate objective is hassle-free darshan while safeguarding the sentiments of the people,” Puri collector, Jyoti Prakash Das said.