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Tag: Sjta

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 […]

Former SJTA chief submits report on ‘Brahma Parivartan’ fiasco

Puri: After a lot of hue and cry over delay, former administrator of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Suresh Mohapatra submitted his report on the ‘Brahma Parivartan’ fiasco during Nabakalebar of the Trinity. The report was submitted to the temple administration in a sealed envelope some ten days back, informed sources. “The report contains names […]

Darshan at Puri Jagannath Temple to remain suspended for 4 hrs

Puri: Jagannath Temple at Puri will remain closed for four hours today – from 2 pm to 6 pm owing to the conduct of secret ritual ‘Rahu Rekha’, informed Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). As per the ritual, Rahu Rekha, the ornament which was removed from the heads of the deities on the day of […]

Rath Yatra chariot designs to be computerized: SJTA

Puri: In a bid to ensure glitch-free construction of three chariots ahead of world famous Rath Yatra, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has decided to prepare a special computerised three dimensional blue print for chariot design. Ground work for three-dimensional chariot design preparations began with measurement of Devi Subhadra’s Darpadalana undertaken by a senior […]

‘Brahma Paribartan’ fiasco: Former SJTA chief asked to submit report

Puri: In a meeting of the managing committee of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) held today, former chief of SJTA Suresh Mohapatra has been asked to submit a report in 3 weeks in connection with Brahma Paribartan fiasco. The meeting was chaired by Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingh Deb. “The managing Committee has asked former SJTA […]

CM pays surprise visit to Puri, thanks Lord Jagannath for smooth conduct of Rath Yatra

Puri: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today offered prayed to Lord Jagannath at the Puri Srimandir for smooth conduct of Rath Yatra rituals and successfully hosting Asian Athletics Championships. He also reviewed the repairs of the Jagamohan of the temple and directed for completion of remaining work within four months. The CM also thanked servitors for […]

Puri girl misbehaviour, Subhadra's idol touching row: SJTA submits CCTV footage

Bhubaneswar: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today submitted CCTV footage with Kumbharpada police in connection with the Gundicha Temple girl misbehaviour and touching of Subhadra’s idol controversy. A special team of SJTA today handed over the CCTV footage to Kumbharpada police after scrutiny for further investigation into the allegations related to the two incidents. […]

Molestation slur: No such cop was on duty, says Puri SP

Puri: In a major twist to the incident of molestation allegation against a policeman during ‘darshan’ at Gundicha Temple in Puri, the district SP stated that there was no such cop on duty that day against whom the girl has brought the molestation allegation. SP Sarthak Sarangi said,”The girl had brought the allegation against one […]

Rath Yatra 2017: Stage set for the annual festival of Lord Jagannath

Puri: The wait for millions of devotees across the globe to watch the Trinity – Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra – is over. In some time, the divine siblings will be atop the three grand chariots – the sight which devotees look forward to- on the occasion of annual Rath Yatra every year […]

Destination Puri: Million eyes wait to see Rath Yatra tomorrow

Puri: Preparations are in full swing for the world famous Rath Yatra beginning tomorrow. The chariots of the deities were taken to Singhadwara before the Nabajoubana darsan of the Trinity. Devotees made a serpentine queue to have a glimpse of Lord Jagannath and his siblings even as the darshan started three hours late following delay […]

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Climbing chariots, touching deities as impostors is punishable offence: SJTA

Puri: The Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has today stated that no devotees are allowed to climb the chariots or touch the deities during Rath Yatra. Criminal action will be taken against any one doing so as impostors in servitors’ attire will be legally punished, the Chief Temple Administrator today said. Pradip Jena, who is […]

Rath Yatra 2017: Axle of Devi Subhadra’s chariot Replaced

Puri: Devotees on Thursday heaved a sigh of relief after the repair work of the axle of Devi Subhadra’s chariot was completed. After hours of hard work, the Moharana servitors replaced the axle which broke last evening. The entire construction work was done under the supervision of engineers from the Public Works Department (PWD) and the […]

Axle of Devi Subhadra's chariot breaks 3 days before Rath Yatra 2017

Puri: Three days before the world famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, axle of Goddess Subhadra’s chariot Darpadalana broke raising apprehensions on smooth ride of the festival this year. The broken part of the front axle connecting the wheels near the brake has been tied with the help of iron chain temporarily. The Sri Jagannath […]

Visitors to Puri have been insured for Rath Yatra

Puri: Visitors to Puri town have been insured for Rs 5 lakh each from June 24 to July 6, said the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) public relation officer Laxmidhara Pujapanda today. In case of unnatural death, stampede and possible terror attack, a visitor can claim Rs 5 lakh insurance amount in the Puri municipal […]

Jagannath's Hati Besha disturbance snowballs into controversy 

Puri: A day after the reported disturbances during Hati Besha ritual of the deities, the Sri Jagannath Temple administration (SJTA) today said it will  inspect the CCTV footage of the ritual to find out facts. “If anyone is found to have violated guidelines, action would taken against him accordingly”, SJTA official said. Some servitors were […]

Snana Purnima: All set for Trinity's ritualistic bath before Rath Yatra

Puri: Marking the beginning of the annual Rath Yatra of Lords Balabhadra, Jagannath and Devi Subhadra, the Snana Purnima rituals will be conducted amidst tight security and discipline at Puri on Friday. The Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has completed all preparations for the festival. The temple administration has taken initiatives after discussion with servitors […]

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Rath construction resumes after wage hike assurance to servitors

Puri: After stalling Rath Yatra chariot construction work for around three hours today protesting hike in overtime wages, the Maharana servitors have resumed the work as administration assured them that the wages will be paid timely. The Maharana servitors said that they complete the construction work withing 58 days after working overtime before Snana Purnima […]

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Puri temple servitors threaten to boycott Chhatisa Nijog meeting today

Puri: Servitors of the Sri Jagannath temple threatened to boycott the Chhatisa Nijog meeting to be held today at the SJTA office if action is not taken against wife and son of Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary Rajesh Verma for getting into Bhitarakatha (inner barricade) within the temple’s sanctum sanctorum on May 10. Senior servitor of […]

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Puri temple servitor complains woman's entry to ratnasinhasana area

Puri: A servitor of the Srimandir on Wednesday lodged a written complaint before the chief administrator of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) demanding a probe into the incident of a woman and her son getting into Bhitarakatha (inner barricade) within the sanctum sanctorum in Jagannath temple last night. Sources said the woman and son […]

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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Puri temple admin to set up heritage park at Jagannath Ballav Math

Puri: Announcing a slew of various reformative developments for Puri Jagannath temple, the shrine administration on Friday informed to set up a heritage park at Jagannath Ballav Math. Informing this to media persons after attending a meeting chaired by Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, temple administrator Suresh Mohaptra said in 42 acre land of the math, […]

Puri Mahaprasad to undergo quality checks

Puri: The pious Mahaprasad of Lord Jagannath will undergo quality checks before being sold out to devotees with the Puri temple administration deciding to appoint a food inspector for the task. “We have been receiving many complaints from devotees about stale and substandard Prasad being sold to them by some servitors. We have discussed the […]

Judicial panel on Puri temple reforms extends deadline for submission of affidavits

Cuttack: Justice BP Das Commission, appointed by the Odisha government to suggest reforms in management of Puri Sri Jagannath temple, has extended the deadline of submission of affidavits to December 20. The Commission had earlier set the deadline on December 4 for submission of affidavits. However, considering more than 350 affidavits submitted on single day […]

Jagamohan repair: HC asks ASI, SJTA to file fresh affidavit

Cuttack: Expressing resentment over the inordinate delay in the ongoing repair work of Jagamohan of Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri, the Orissa High Court has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to submit latest report on the status of the repair work through fresh affidavit. This apart, […]

Drop box at collectorates soon to gather views over reforms in Sri Mandir affairs

Puri: Justice BP Das commission today has sought suggestions and views from the common people, Jagannath devotees and various social and spiritual outfits to bring reforms in Sri Mandir management. “A drop box will be put at all Collector’s office across the State in which people can drop their affidavits mentioning their suggestions. Moreover, work […]

SJTA disputes ASI claim on 80% completion of Jagamohan repair

The dispute between the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) over the repair of Jagamohan has come to the fore with the former submitting a supplementary counter affidavit to the Orissa High Court today in response to a public interest litigation (PIL)

Judicial panel formed to suggest reforms in Puri temple

Taking strong note of the Niladri Bije fiasco last Sunday, Odisha government today set up a judicial commission headed by former judge of the Orissa High Court Justice Bimal Prasad Das to suggest reforms in management of Puri Sri Jagannath temple

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Jagamohan repair: HC seeks affidavits from ASI, SJTA, Puri collector

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today asked authorities of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and the Puri collector to file an affidavit on the status of the ongoing repair and restoration work of Jagamohan inside the Shri Jagannath temple. The court issued the directive while hearing a Public Interest […]

Niladri Bije fiasco: Role of SJTA, Law minister under scanner

Puri/Bhubaneswar: As the unruly behaviour of the servitors during the Niladri Bije of the deities in Puri on Sunday night has caused widespread outrage among devotees in Odisha and across the country, the role of the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and the Law minister in the incident has now come into serious question. The […]

6 servitors arrested for attack on scribes during Niladri Bije

Puri: Six servitors have been arrested by police for creating a ruckus and attacking media persons leading to disruption of the Niladri Bije ritual of Lord Jagannath and his siblings for over an hour on Sunday. According to sources, the six arrested servitors have been identified as Bapi Khuntia, Shankar Palankdhari, Bipin Patri, Papun Mohapatra, […]

Not all servitors should be blamed for Niladri Bije fiasco: SJTA

A day after the unsavoury incident that took place during the Niladri Bije of the deities in which some media persons were manhandled by a section of the servitors on the issue of climbing of a woman on the chariot, the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today came up with a clarification saying it would be improper to blame all the servitors for this unfortunate incident

Woman devotee found climbing ‘Nandighosha’

Puri: Defying the restrictions imposed by the district administration and Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), a woman devotee on Friday evening was found climbing on to ‘Nandighosha’, the chariot of Lord Jagannath. According to reports, the woman devotee climbed on the chariot prior to the pahandi of Lord Jagannath to ‘Aadapa Mandap’. When contacted, Laxmidhara […]

Snana Purnima fiasco: SJTA clean chit to servitors

Puri: Five days ahead of the annual Ratha Jatra of the deities, Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Friday gave a clean chit to the servitors in connection with the Snana Purnima fiasco. It was alleged that a number of servitors, in-charge of the ceremonial bathing rituals of the Trinity, had allowed thousands of devotees […]

Ban on climbing chariots to be enforced strictly during Rath Jatra: SJTA

Puri: After facing all-round flak for the Snana Jatra fiasco during which devotees were seen touching the deities on the Snana Mandap (Bathing Altar) despite a ban on such practice, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Tuesday said the laws related to the annual Rath Jatra will be implemented strictly during the ensuing grand […]

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SJTA to act against servitors for allowing devotees to touch deities during Snana Yatra

Puri: The Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has said it will take appropriate action against the servitors for allowing the devotees to touch the deities during the Sahana Mela darshan at the Snana Mandap last night. “The temple administration had installed CCTVs in and around the Snana Mandap during Snana Yatra yesterday. We will check […]

Revocation of servitors’ suspension draws flak

Puri: Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Monday invited stinging criticism from the servitor groups for lifting the suspension imposed on servitors Jay Krushna Dasmohapatra and his father Kashinath Dasmohapatra even before the submission of an inquiry report on ‘Brahma Parivartan’ (soul transfer) fiasco of the deities during the Nabakalebara last year. The father-son duo […]

SJTA revokes suspension of three priests

Puri: Almost a year after, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today revoked suspension of two senior Daita servitors and a Pratihari servitor for a temporary period. Kasinath Dasmohapatra and his son Jayakrushna, who were placed under suspension for their alleged involvement in the much hyped Brahma Paribartan fiasco, can now take part in the […]

Devotees can’t touch deities at Snana Mandap: SJTA

Puri: Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) said devotees would be allowed to touch the deities on Snana Purnima.

SJTA to submit Brahma Parivartan mess report soon

Puri: Responding to the call by the Gajapati king Dibyasingh Deb, the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Saturday said it would submit the final report on the mess in the all-important Brahma Parivartan ritual during Nabakalebara last year, very soon. “Our probe is almost complete and we would submit the report very soon. We […]

PM assures Naveen of early repair of Jagamohan

Bhubaneswar: Concerned over the poor condition of Jagamohan of Shri Jagannath temple in Puri, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday had a telephonic chat on the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Stating that the poor condition of Jagamohan facing the sanctum sanctorum of the temple is a matter of serious concern for the people […]