Conforming to the fears of lakhs of Jagannath devotees around the world, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday revealed excavation and soil removal work during construction under the Srimandir Parikrama Project may have destroyed the archaeological remains of the heritage site.
The act of vandalism inside kitchen of Puri Jagannath temple raises serious issue on temple security and management of Mahaprasad.
The accused has confessed to ransacking the chulhas of the grand kitchen of Jagannath temple.
According to the Collector, a crucial meeting with all the stakeholders was conducted to ensure all the rituals and other traditions are conducted without any hassles in the wake of the controversy.
Despite protests against the ongoing construction works of the project, plaques and diagrams were on Sunday found to have been put up near the 12th century shrine in Puri.
It is suspected that some unidentified persons allegedly ransacked the chulhas following some dispute after the completion of traditional rituals on Saturday night.
What devotees coming to Srimandir are missing is sensitivity and empathy. The stampede-like situation on Holi Purnima seems to be a wakeup call. Devotees do deserve a lot more respect and attention and it is the bounden duty of the state government to ensure this without delay.
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However, it will remain closed for public on all Sundays for sanitation activities as a measure to contain the spread of Covid-19 disease.
The Lord Jagannath temple at Puri will reopen for the public from February 1 with strict adherence to Covid protocol, Puri Collector Samarth Verma informed reporters on Friday.
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The Supreme Court had directed the SJTA (in 2018) to provide stay for 60,000 devotees who throng Puri for the darshan of Lord Jagannath and stay in the spiritual environment the pilgrim town
Later, in a video conferencing with IAS and IPS officers, the chief minister wished them on the occasion.
State Law Minister Pratap Jena on Tuesday informed the Odisha Assembly that nothing has yet been decided on opening the inner treasure chamber.