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NSG to review Puri Srimandir’s security

Puri: A three-member team of National Security Guard (NSG), the elite Counter Terrorist Task Force, is scheduled to conduct a review of the security arrangements at Puri Srimandir. The team is likely to arrive today. The security review of the 12th century Jagannath temple is likely to be carried out for two days. The team […]

Srimandir reforms: SC-appointed amicus curiae reaches Puri to hold discussions

Puri: The Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium reached Puri today to hold discussions with various stakeholders over 12 proposals suggested by the apex court as part of disciplinary reforms for the Jagannath temple. Subramanium reached Puri today morning and visited the 12th century shrine, informed Puri collector Jyoti Prakash Das. “He reached Puri today […]

Srimandir reforms: SC-appointed amicus curiae to visit Puri on Sept 20

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium will visit Puri on September 20 to hold discussions with various stakeholders over 12 proposals suggested by the apex court as part of disciplinary reforms for the Jagannath temple. During the visit, the amicus curiae will hold discussions with the officials of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), […]

Homecoming for Holy Trinity: Bahuda Yatra concludes

Bhubaneswar: The Holy Trinity-Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra  finally returned to their abode – the Srimandir, after their annual 9-day sojourn to Gundicha Temple, in their respective chariots. For the next three days, the chariots will be parked outside the Singhadwara for a set of rituals including Sunabesa and Adhara Pana before they are  […]

Bahuda Yatra: Sibling deities reach their abode

After reaching Srimandir, the three chariots have been parked outside Singhadwara for rituals over next three days. Homecoming for Holy Trinity: Chariot pulling comes to an end. Lord Jagannath on his Nandighosa chariot reaches Singhadwara; joins elder brother Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. Homecoming for Holy Trinity: Lord Jagannath on his Nandighosa chariot reaches Singhadwara; joins […]

In the Absence of Jagannath

Every year, the deities of the Jagannath Temple are carried to the Gundicha Temple on the other side of the road on grand chariots, in the world famous Ratha Jatra. During this time, the huge temple remains empty, bereft of its presiding deities. People throng to the other temple where the deities reside during the […]

OTV Exclusive: Puri King opens up on Puri Srimandir management reforms

Puri: Amid the flutter in Odisha over suggestions of the Supreme Court to abolish the heredity system of service by sevayats in the Puri Srimandir and entry of non-Hindus into the 12th century shrine, Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb on Saturday expressed several concerns related to the proposals. In an exclusive one-on-one interview with OTV, […]

Proposal on entry of non-Hindus into Puri Srimandir: Who said what

Bhubaneswar/Puri: The Supreme Court suggestion to allow non-Hindus into Puri Srimandir has evoked sharp reactions from all quarters. While temple servitors are in favour of maintaining the status quo, political leaders have also jumped in with their twopence worth. Odisha Revenue Minister, Maheswar Mohanty If non-Hindus are allowed into Puri Srimandir then there will be […]

Rath Yatra 2018: Chariots will be ready before time: Maharana Sebaka

Puri: With almost a week to go for the very famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, Odishatv.in team has reached Puri to take a stock of the preparations before the grand festival. Our news team reached the ‘Ratha Khala’ or the chariot construction yard and spoke to the Mukhya Maharana Sebaka or Chief constructor of […]

In Pics: Holy Trinity during Snana Purnima in Puri Srimandir

Amid the look of a sea of devotees in Puri Srimandir, the divine bath of Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath concludes on the Snana Mandap in Srimandir. The occasion – Snana Purnima – marks the beginning of the annual sojourn of the deities to the Mausima Temple.    

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Snana Purnima concludes: Lakhs throng Puri to witness divine bath rituals of trinity

Puri: Amid the look of a sea of devotees in Puri Srimandir, Snana Yatra, the divine bath of Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath on the Snana Mandap concluded after the deities were taken inside the temple in Pahandi following the Gajanana Besha rituals here today. Early in the morning, the temple servitors escorted […]

Rath Yatra: Concerns flagged over unavailability of ropes for chariots

Puri: Flagging concerns over smooth conduct of Rath Yatra, Special Branch SP sought immediate intervention of the Puri SP today after production of ropes to be used for pulling the chariots were stopped by striking workers of the coir board. According to a letter by the SP, Special Branch, the employees of Puri District Unit […]

SC directive on Srimandir affairs: Affidavits filed in Puri court

Puri: Several outfits including Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Arya Samaj along with various servitor forums of Puri Srimandir submitted affidavits in the Puri District and Sessions Court following Supreme Court’s directive on the management of the temple. While the VHP in an affidavit sought handover of some responsibilities to Puri Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati and […]

There is no duplicate key of Ratna Bhandar: Srimandir's former deputy administrator

Bhubaneswar: At a time when Ratna Bhandar key fiasco continues to rattle the state, former deputy administrator of Puri Srimandir Ravindra Mishra on Friday made startling revelation that there is no ‘duplicate key’ of Ratna Bhandar. Mishra, who was present when the Ratna Bhandar was last opened in 1985, categorically stated that the inner chamber […]

Op-Ed: Dutee Could Have Done Without Row Over VIP Status

Is Dutee Chand a VIP? Going strictly by the definition of the term, which stands for Very Important Person, she certainly is one. After all, she is the fastest woman athlete in the country at the moment, has represented India at the Olympics and has won several medals for the country in international events. What […]

Chariot construction begins for Puri Rath Yatra

Puri: Ahead of the annual Rath Yatra of the Trinity, construction of chariots began with ‘Ratha Anukula’ here on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya on Wednesday. The three 12-ft sacred logs of ‘Dhaura Katha’ were brought to the ‘Ratha Khala’ near the Jagannath temple. The process commenced with the axe being given the divine touch […]

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Puri servitors raise concerns over non-implementation of health scheme

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) initiative of providing health insurance cover to the servitors of the Puri Srimandir has not provided much respite to the temple servitors as they allege they have not benefited from the scheme. Around 9609 servitors and their family members were included in the servitors’ welfare scheme this year. […]

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Rs 185 cr budget tabled for Puri Sri Mandir

Puri: The Managing Committee meeting of Puri Sri Mandir was held today under the chairmanship of Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb where a budget outlay of Rs 185 crore was tabled for the fiscal year 2018-19 for Jagannath temple. This apart, various issues related to Brahma Paribartan fiasco and Justice BP Das Commission reports were […]

Prabasi Odias felicitate MP Baijayant Panda

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda was accorded a grand felicitation by non-resident Odias (Prabasi Odias) in New Delhi today. The parliamentarian offered prayers at the Jagannath Temple in Hauz Khas where he received a warm welcome from the Prabasi Odias residing in New Delhi. “The parliamentarian has always stood with us in our joy […]

IRCTC poster depicting wrong Puri Jagannath temple sparks row

Mumbai: A poster put up by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus depicting a wrong picture of Puri Jagannath shrine has sparked a controversy. According to information, the error in the IRCTC poster was first spotted by Srimandir servitor Shambhu Nath Khuntia during his visit to Mumbai. Khuntia […]

Petition against Achyuta Samant for Pusyaviseka ritual

Bhubaneswar: A petition has been registered in Bhubaneswar SDJM court against KIIT and KISS founder Achyuta Samant for conducting Pusyaviseka (self-coronation) at KIIT Jagannath temple similar to the ritual conducted by Puri Gajapati Maharaj on Pausa Purnima day. KIIT temple trustee and 15 others have been made parties in the case filed by a Bhubaneswar-based […]

Mobile phones seized in Srimandir; 7 visitors detained

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) seized seven mobile phones from visitors on the temple premises here this morning. Police have detained seven persons in this connection. Sources said devotees from West Bengal, Jharkhand and Haryana visited the 12th century shrine this morning. Some servitors caught the visitors with mobile phones and later handed […]

Complete ban on smartphones inside Puri Srimandir from Jan 2018

Bhubaneswar: With social media getting splattered with pictures from inside the Puri Srimandir more frequently, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) continues to plug loopholes on entry of smartphones and camera phones inside the temple premises. SJTA Administrator (Ritual), Pradip Kumar Das today informed that the authorities have decided to enforce a complete ban on […]

Music bands, DJs to face the music after restrictions in Puri

Puri: Music band party owners and DJ organisers will face stringent action for playing loud music during processions, especially near the Srimandir here. To curb noise pollution and avoid the damage caused to the 12th-century shrine due to loud music, the Puri district administration has imposed certain restrictions on musical bands and DJs. As per […]

Funds crunch forces servitors to leave Jagannath temple in Baripada

Baripada: The Jagannath temple of Baripada in Mayurbhanj district, which is known as the second ‘Srikhetra’ of Odisha, is currently reeling under fund shortage. The situation here has become so bad that more than half of the servitors have already left the temple. Locals even alleged that not even one-third of the rituals that used […]