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Tag: Servitors

Puri: Srimandir Servitor Detained For Attacking Another Servitor
Puri: Srimandir Servitor Detained For Attacking Fellow Servitor

Puri: A servitor of Lord Jagannath Temple here has been detained by the Singhadwar Police for allegedly attacking fellow sevayat leading to minor injuries of his forehead, near the Uttardwara of the 12th-century shrine on Monday morning. The accused ‘Suara’ servitor, Ramakrushna Khuntia is being interrogated by the police while the ‘Jatri Sahayak’ servitor identified […]

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Odisha: Puri Srimandir Servitors To Undergo Covid-19 Test Again

Puri: In a bid to ensure the safety and security of the servitors of Jagannath Temple in the pilgrim town, the shrine administration has ordered to carry out Covid-19 test of the sevayats starting from today. As per the letter issued by the Shree Jagannath Temple administration (SJTA), Covid-19 swab test (RTPCR test) of the […]

Covid Scare: SJTA Urges Odisha Govt For Early Vaccination Of Puri Srimandir Servitors

Puri: As the doors of Puri Srimandir Thursday were thrown open for all devotees sans a COVID negative report, the Shree Jagannatha Temple Administration (SJTA) has written to the State Health department requesting to launch a special vaccination drive for servitors and other officials of the 12th-century shrine. Now that the Covid negative report for […]

Unique Protest: Servitors Beat Gongs, Ring Bells Urging Odisha Govt To Reopen Temples

Bhubaneswar: In a unique protest, servitors and many devotees across the State beat gongs, rang bells and blew conchs on Wednesday urging the Odisha government to reopen the temple with COVID-19 restrictions in place. The protest, which was called by Odisha Mandira Sebayat Sangha (OMSS), witnessed participation of servitors and devotees at major religious places […]

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Servitors Turn Heat On Govt To Reopen Puri Jagannath Temple

Puri: Sevayats of Lord Jagannath Temple in the holy town on Tuesday staged a protest alleging Odisha government of not showing any sincerity in opening the 12th-century shrine for devotees. The servitors argued that despite the Centre allowing relaxations for reopening of religious shrines in a restricted manner under the unlocking process, the State Government […]

Demand For Reopening Of Temples: Servitors To Ring Bells Across Odisha Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: In a novel protest, Odisha Mandira Sebayata Sangha (OMSS), a state body of servitors has decided to ring bells across the State against the government’s decision in delaying reopening of temples. OMSS informed that bells will be rung at all temples and servitor’s houses for nine minutes at 9 AM on October 7 across […]

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Puri Rath Yatra: COVID-19 test for servitors engaged in chariot construction

Puri: The Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Krishan Kumar today informed that COVID-19 tests will be conducted for all the Biswakarma servitors (carpenters) engaged in construction work of chariots for Rath Yatra of the Holy Trinity. After a meeting with servitors and Biswakarmas, Kumar today informed that a proposal has been given […]

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COVID-19: Puri Jagannath Temple Servitors To Get Cash Assistance Of Rs 5000 Each

Puri: In a welcome move for the cash starved servitors of Puri Srimandir who are reeling under the lockdown enforced in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak in the country, the top managing body of the shrine, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration on Friday announced an incentive package of Rs 5000 to each servitor of the temple. […]

4 servitors submit replies on Brahma Paribartan fiasco: SJTA

Puri: The chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradipta Mohapatra, today informed that four out of 10 servitors have submitted their replies to the notice served in Brahma Paribartan fiasco during the Nabakalebara of Lord Jagannath in 2015. “Out of the 10 servitors who were served notice, four of them have submitted their […]

Puri seer stresses on economic well being of servitors

Puri: Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati on Thursday stressed on the need for economic well being of servitors of the Puri Srimandir to ensure behavioural change and more disciplined service. Stating that the 12th century shrine should not be considered as a factory or Gandhi’s memorial, he said tradition of the temple should be safeguarded and […]

VHP seeks implementation of SC order on Srimandir reforms

Bhubaneswar: Hailing the recent Supreme Court’s decision for streamlining the existing management and affairs of Puri Srimandir, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) said that Odisha government should intervene as time is now ripe for undertaking reform measures for the 12th century shrine. The VHP also demanded formation of a committee comprising Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, […]

Puri Srimandir ritual controversy: Niti administrator submits report

  Puri: A day after ‘Mahaprasad’ was made available to devotees after four days of impasse, Niti Prasashak (temple ritual administrator) has submitted a report to Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). The report mentions the names of some servitors from different Nijogs primarily responsible for disrupting conduct of rituals. The report has […]

3 days on, still no ‘Mahaprasad’ at Puri Srimandir

Puri: It was another harrowing day for the devotees of Lord Jagannath, as no ‘Abadha’ or ‘Mahaprasad’ was released for the third consecutive day today on account of noncooperation from ‘Suara’ & ‘Mahasuara’ servitors who have been demanding Rs 50 lakh compensation for losses incurred due to delay in rituals two days ago. Devotees continue […]

Distribution of non-camera phones to Srimandir servitors faces protest

Puri: Following a ban on smartphones inside the premises of Srimandir after some photos and visuals of the 12th century shrine went viral on social media, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today started the process of distributing non-camera phones to servitors. However, senior servitor Damodar Mahasuar urged the servitors not to accept the phones. […]

Enumeration of Goddess Laxmi's ornaments concludes in Puri Srimandir

Puri: An eight member team of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Friday started enumeration of gold ornaments of Goddess Laxmi Temple inside Puri Srimandir as part of the ongoing reforms to streamline the management of Laxmi temple. All the gold ornaments and other valuables that were earlier under the custody of the servitors […]

Meeting between administration, servitors was fruitful, says Puri Collector

Puri: Ahead of Rath Yatra, a meeting between Puri Lord Jagannath Temple servitors and district administration was held on Thursday prior to the third coordination committee meeting on Saturday. While servitors maintained that many issues remained unresolved, Puri Collector Arvind Agarwal claimed the meeting was fruitful. The district administration discussed the various demands put forth […]

Lord Jagannath’s Snana Yatra rituals schedule approved

Puri: The schedule for the Snana Yatra rituals of Lord Jagannath was approved in a meeting of the Chhatisa Nijog today. Earlier during the day, the temple sub-committee on rituals had prepared a final schedule of the Snana Yatra of the Trinity. The final schedule was then presented at the meeting of the Chhatisa Nijog, […]

2nd Rath Yatra Coordination Committee meeting today

Puri: The second coordination committee meeting for the upcoming Rath Yatra will be held today on the premises of Gopabandhu Ayurved College here. RDC A B Ota (central range) is scheduled to chair the meeting at 11 am. The committee will discuss progress of works decided in the first coordination meeting held last month. Construction […]

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Servitor opposing Mamata Banerjee's visit to Puri temple detained

Puri: The Puri police, today, detained Shri Jagannath Sevayat Sammilani (SJSS) secretary Somanath Khuntia for vehemently opposing West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Shree Jagannath Temple. SJSS has warned that Banerjee’s visit to the Puri temple would hurt the sentiments of lakhs of devotees of Lord Jagannath because she has made statements favouring […]

Posters urging servitors to boycott Rath Yatra coordination meet found in Puri

Puri: Posters urging servitors of the Puri Jagannath temple to refrain the Rath Yatra coordination meeting for this year were found put at different places in the pilgrim town today. The posters released by the Shri Jagannath Sevayat Sammilani (SJSS) claimed that the district administration has defamed the servitors’ society over the Niladri Bije issue […]

Rituals resume at Lingaraj Temple

Bhubaneswar: After day-long disruption of rituals at temple of Lord Lingaraj due to conflict between two sects of priests following dispute over Maha Baruni Snana ritual on Saturday, rites of the Lord finally resumed later today. The standoff between the servitor groups came to an end following a meeting later on the day under the […]

Niladri Bije fiasco: Process to confiscate properties of absconding servitors begins

Puri: The process to confiscate properties of 5 servitors who are wanted by police for their involvement in the ruckus during the Niladri Bije ritual of Lord Jagannath and his siblings began today after they failed to surrender before the police. The servitors whose properties are being confiscated are Damodar Mahasuar, Jayakrushna Mahasuar, Saina Khuntia, […]

Niladri Bije fiasco: Posters of ‘absconding’ servitors put up in Puri

Puri: Posters of the eight servitors, who have been declared absconders by the district police, were found at various busy locations here today. The posters were put up by police at key places in the town like the railway station, bus stand entrance, district Collector’s office, Shree Mandir temple office, Town police station on Friday. […]

Niladri Bije fiasco: Servitors’ bail hearing likely today

Puri: The Additional District and Sessions court of Puri today is likely to resume hearing on the bail pleas of 11 out of the total 12 servitors, who were arrested for creating a ruckus during the Niladri Bije ritual of the Lord Jagannath and his siblings on July 17. As no video and CCTV footage […]

'Bribe' to servitors: Pressure mounts on govt to come clean

The issue of payment of Rs 2 crore to Daitapati servitors, termed as bribe by various quarters, by way of 'compensation' for the 'loss' suffered by them due to the ban on devotees climbing the chariots further Rath Yatra last year is fast turning out to be a hot potato for the state government with pressure mounting on it to come clean on the actual amount paid