SJTA to implement SC directive on donation collection at Srimandir

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) will implement the directive of the Supreme Court on collection of donations at Puri Srimandir and will provide necessary information to the Puri District and Sessions Judge, who has been directed by the apex court to probe the management affairs of the temple, said Chief Administrator, PK Mohapatra today.

Following a meeting of the temple managing committee today, Mohapatra stated discussions were held on how the apex court directive on donations could be carried out.

“The managing committee meeting also discussed the contours of the affidavit to be submitted before the SC,” he added. The SJTA has already asked the servitor associations not to collect donations from devotees.

“Besides, the committee approved a proposal to install 23 more CCTV cameras on temple premises and bring other temples on Srimandir premises under surveillance,” Mohapatra informed.

Moreover, arrangements for Snana Yatra, Rath Yatra, Bahuda Yatra and Niladri Bije were discussed in detail at the meeting.

On a query regarding the Ratna Bhandar key, the chief administrator said, “As the State government has set up a judicial commission; the temple managing committee has decided to wait for the findings and will take steps subsequently.”

The temple managing committee also decided to constitute a panel with Puri King, SJTA Chief, Collector, Puri SP as members to hold discussions with Shankaracharya on allegations of inadvertent transfer of Govardhan Peeth land to Puri Srimandir records.

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