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Tag: Shree Jagannath Temple Administration

Immediately Withdraw Draft Heritage Bylaws For Puri Jagannath Temple: SJTA To NMA

Bhubaneswar: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Sunday urged the National Monuments Authority (NMA) for immediate withdrawal of the proposed heritage bylaws for Puri Jagannath Temple. The move comes in the wake of reports that NMA plans to come up with heritage bylaws prohibiting any construction activity in the 100 metre periphery for Sri […]

Srimandir Staff Caught Carrying Ornate Used In Nagarjuna Besha, Probe Ordered

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Saturday ordered a probe after an employee of the temple was seen carrying a decorative piece used in the Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath to the house of a senior servitor of the 12th century shrine. According to sources, an ornate sun and moon used in the […]

No Public Viewing Of Lord Jagannath’s Nagarjuna Besha

Puri: Devotees will miss the much-awaited grand spectacle of Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath this year owing to the COVID-19 situation. The decision to put curbs on the entry of devotees for darshan in the temple was taken by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Thursday while finalising the timings for the mega ritual […]

Yes Bank Returns Puri Jagannath Temple funds
Yes Bank Returns Rs 397 Crore Shree Jagannath Funds, Next Refund On March 30

Bhubaneswar: Hours after Yes Bank resumed its operations, the private sector lender remitted Rs 397 crore to designated SBI account of Jagannath Temple Corpus Fund at Puri Main Branch. Earlier, restrictions on withdrawal of funds from Yes Bank had kicked off a political storm in Odisha. Informing about the development in a letter to Krishan […]

Column: Playing Around With The Lord’s Money

By Sandeep Sahu The corona virus scare could not have come at a more convenient time for the ruling dispensation. It provided the government the excuse it was looking for to adjourn the ongoing budget session of the Assembly just when things were getting too hot to handle in the House over the suspicious deal […]

RBI Allays Fears About Deposits In Pvt Banks Amid Row Over Srimandir Funds In Yes Bank

Bhubaneswar: At a time when opposition parties have turned the heat on the Odisha government for parking Sri Jagannath Temple funds in Yes Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday categorically stated that all depositors’ money is entirely safe in private banks. The clarification comes in the wake of media reports that some […]

Amid demolition in Puri, Odisha constitutes sub-committee for revival of mutts

Puri: Amidst the ongoing furore over demolition of religious institutions around Puri Srimandir, a sub-committee will be formed for the development and revival of mutts in the pilgrim town. “In Jagannath culture and management of Srimandir, mutts act as a complimentary link. Hence, in order to preserve the link and tradition, a mutt development sub-committee […]

Asit Tripathy Appointed Chief Secretary In Major Bureaucratic Rejig in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In a senior level bureaucratic reshuffle, Odisha government today appointed senior IAS officer Asit Tripathy as the new Chief Secretary of the State. A 1986-batch IAS, Tripathy, presently serving as the Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary and Chief Administrator KBK will take over the new post from the outgoing AP Padhi who has been appointed […]

Paan, Gutkha Banned Inside Puri Jagannath Temple: SJTA Chief

Puri: In a bid to ensure all-round sanitation inside Puri Srimandir, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has decided to impose a complete ban on paan and gutkha on the premises of the temple. “No devotee or servitor can enter the temple chewing paan or gutkha. The new rule will come into force from August 1, […]

Resentment after workers climb atop Jaya-Vijaya idols in Puri Srimandir

Puri: Even as lakhs of devotees thronged Puri Srimandir to have a glimpse of the Holy Trinity on the auspicious occasion of ‘Nabajouban darshan’ on Tuesday, an unfortunate incident of flower decoration workers climbing atop Jaya-Vijaya idols sparked resentment in different quarters. The workers were hired by a Delhi-based devotee after he was allowed by […]

Notice to Srimandir Servitors, Puri MLA For Violating Rules During Snana Purnima

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) issued show cause notice to multiple servitors of Srimandir and Puri MLA Jayanta Sarangi for allegedly violating rules during Snana Purnima rituals on June 16. The SJTA served the notice to eight to ten servitors and the MLA basing on the footages of the CCTV cameras installed near […]

Puri Srimandir inside picture goes viral on social media, servitor suspended

Puri: A servitor was today placed under suspension for allegedly uploading inside pictures of Puri Srimandir on social media. The Patara Nijog suspended its servitor following hue and cry over the photograph which was purportedly clicked inside the Mahalaxmi temple inside the 12th century shrine. As per reports, the servitor had clicked the photograph while […]

Rath Yatra telecast row: Odisha Law Minister mum on who authorised auction

Puri: Odisha Law Minister Pratap Jena, though broke his silence over the Rath Yatra live telecast controversy, he remained mum on whether the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) had sought permission for inviting bids from television channels. Speaking to media persons, the minister said the channels have been asked to share a portion of their […]

SJTA to open bids for live telecast rights of Rath Yatra today

Puri: Clarifying that no final decision has been taken on auctioning of the telecast rights of Rath Yatra of the Holy Trinity in the pilgrim city, chief administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) PK Mohapatra informed that the bids for the live telecast rights of the chariot festival will be opened on Monday. […]

Inside pictures of Puri Jagannath Temple go viral again
Puri Srimandir servitors oppose SJTA's affidavit submitted before SC

Puri: The servitors’ body of Puri Srimandir today opposed the affidavit filed by Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) before the Supreme Court over the number of servitors required to perform duties at the temple. Recently, the SJTA, in an affidavit had informed the apex court that only 36 servitors are needed to perform the daily rituals at […]

Puri Srimandir's budget for 2019-20 financial year approved: SJTA

Puri: Anticipating an annual income of Rs 102 crore, the Managing Committee of Puri Srimandir today approved the temple budget for the financial year 2019-20 after a high-level meeting chaired by Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb. Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator, Pradipta Mohapatra informed that Rs 78 crore has been allocated for various expenses […]

After SJTA rap over streamlining of rituals, servitors show displeasure over decision

Puri: A day after the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) declared to execute strict disciplinary action against servitors in case of disruption in rituals at Puri Srimandir, servitor associations at the 12th century shrine have come out to show open displeasure over the decision. Garabadu Nijog of the temple had opposed the decision of the […]

Ticket darshan & new Mahaprasad rate from New Year: Puri temple admin

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today informed that the proposed system of ticket darshan and fixation of Mahaprasad rate chart as part of the Supreme Court-suggested reform measures for the 12th century shrine will be implemented from New Year. Addressing a presser, SJTA chief administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra today said ticket darshan system […]

SJTA to release Mahaprasad rate chart on trial basis on Dec 2

Puri: As part of the Supreme Court’s suggestions for introduction of uniform system of Abadha rates at Puri Srimandir, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) is all set to release the rate chart of Mahaprasad on a trial basis on December 2. As per reports, the temple administration has decided to carry out the entire […]

More servitors, police to be deployed inside Puri Srimandir

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration today decided to deploy more number of ‘Pratihari’ servitors and police personnel inside the ‘Jagamohan’ of Puri  Srimandir for smooth regulation of crowd. According to sources, the number of devotees visiting the temple increases considerably in the holy month of Kartika and keeping the same in mind, the administration […]

Puri Srimandir interior picture again made viral on social media

Puri: Despite ban and stringent action against the violators, a picture of the Puri Jagannath temple’s interior was again made viral on social media. This time, one Megha Luthra uploaded the picture on her facebook account and captioned it ‘ek dham yatra’. Megha’s facebook profile mentions her as working at IndiGo Airlines and she is […]

Puri Srimandir ‘Mahaprasad’ rates likely to be finalized soon

Puri: The devotees can now hope for consistent prices of Abadha or the ‘Mahaprasad’ which would be made available at a fixed rate at Puri Srimandir. Consensus on finalization of a rate chart was reached at a high-level meeting between the Suara-Mahasuara Nijog and chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) held today. Confusion […]

Op-Ed: Full-time Job, Part-time Officer

Act first, think later. That appears to be the golden principle the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has been following religiously. Any hope that the change of guard at the top would put the messy affairs of the 12th century shrine back in order was rudely shattered on Wednesday when hundreds of angry residents of […]

‘Abadha’ rate chart at Puri Srimandir not approved: SJTA chief administrator

Puri: Devotees are now in a fix as chief administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Pradipta Mohapatra today claimed that no rate chart for the sale of ‘Abadha’ at Puri Srimandir has been approved yet. Mohapatra further claimed that he was not aware about who has put up such rate chart inside the […]

Srimandir reforms: Puri Gajapati-led special committee constituted

Puri: Out of the 12 proposals suggested as a part of disciplinary reforms in Puri Srimandir following the Supreme Court directive, for three proposals on which no consensus has been reached a special committee will be constituted. This was informed by chief administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradipta Mohapatra after a meeting […]

Srimandir reforms: Servitors threaten to quit as SJTA expedites implementation

Puri: As the Puri Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) looks to streamline one measure after the other suggested by the Supreme Court of India as part of the reforms for the 12th century shrine, servitors of the temple have openly shown their displeasure over the move and threatened to quit in case of any setback […]

SC order on Puri Srimandir reforms: SJTA to submit affidavit by August-end

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) will submit an affidavit by end of this month on steps taken after Supreme Court’s directives on Srimandir reforms. The decision was taken during a meeting between SJTA officials and different servitor associations today. According to sources, the meeting discussed how devotees can have smooth darshan of deities […]

Despite restrictions, lapses crop up during Puri Rath Yatra

Puri: Despite restrictions and directives issued by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), lapses were observed today during the annual Rath Yatra festival. During the ceremonial ‘Pahandi’ procession of the deities some devotees touched the idol of Lord Jagannath after jumping the security cordon. The incident was reported when the ‘Charamala’ was being withdrawn from […]

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 […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar key: Was replacing SJTA chief a damage control move?

Bhubaneswar: The corridors of power are buzzing with speculations over removal of Pradeep Jena as Chief Administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) amid the ongoing controversy over the missing Ratna Bhandar key. Discussions are on whether Odisha government’s decision to remove Pradeep Jena was because of administrative lapses or a mere damage control […]

Pradipta Mohapatra appointed SJTA chief administrator

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday replaced Chief Administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Pradeep Kumar Jena with Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, barely a month before the annual Rath Yatra, an official said. The change of guard in the administration of the 12th century shrine comes in the midst of a state-wide outcry over […]

Srimandir servitor raises doubt on amount of donated gold transferred to bank

Puri: The assistant secretary of Daitapati Nijog, Binayak Dasmohapatra today raised doubts over the amount of gold, silver and other precious jewelleries transferred by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to a bank locker, following instructions of the Supreme Court. As per a report of the Odisha Gazette, a Hundi (donation box) was installed at […]

HC pulls up SJTA for not specifying date for Jagamohan opening

Puri: The Orissa High Court today reprimanded the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) for not specifying the exact date for opening of Srimandir’s Jagamohan in the affidavit submitted by the latter. Although it has been a month since the completion of the repair work, why has   the SJTA failed to mention a specific date for […]

Puri Srimandir Ratna Bhandar inspection concludes

Puri: The inspection of Puri Srimandir’s treasure trove Ratna Bhandar concluded with the team finding cracks in the roof of the outer Bhandar. Conducted amid tight security, the 16-member team, including the Chief Administrator and Rituals Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), inspected the two outer Bhandars while the inner Bhandar could not be […]

Ratna Bhandar to be opened for inspection on April 4: SJTA Chief

Puri: Ratna Bhandar of Puri Srimandir will be opened for inspection on April 4, informed Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradeep Jena today. “It has been decided that on April 4, Wednesday, after the second Bhoga Mandap, the Ratna Bhandar will be opened for inspection of its ceiling and walls. The procedures […]

Inner inspection of Ratna Bhandar only after consulting Chhatisa Nijog: SJTA Chief

Puri: The inspection of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, the chamber containing Lord Jagannath’s treasure trove, will be done after seeking opinion of Chhatisa Nijog and permission of State government, informed chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradeep Jena after a meeting of the Ratna Bhandar Sub-Committee on Monday. As per the instruction of […]

Puri Srimandir Reforms
Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar to be opened after 34 years

Puri: The treasure trove of Lord Jagannath, the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ inside the Puri Srimandir will be opened after a gap of nearly 34 years. All the precious gold and silver ornaments of the three sibling deities of Puri Srimandir are stashed inside ‘Ratna Bhandar’. The decision to open the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ was taken at the […]

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. […]

Suar Mahasuara to continue sale of Mahaprasad in Puri Temple

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today allowed the Suar and Mahasuara Nijog to continue the sale of Mahaprasad of Lord Jagannath at Ananda Bazar on the temple premises. In a meeting held between the SJTA and the Nijog, it was decided that a hygienic and hassle-free sale and purchase of Mahaprasad would be […]

Tanka Torani not to be banned at Jagannath temple in Puri

Puri: Devotees of Lord Jagannath can heave a sigh of relief as the sale of Tanka Torani at Ananda Bazar of the Puri Temple in Odisha will not be banned by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). The Public Relation Officer of the Puri Temple administration has informed about the decision following the SJTA’s ban […]