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Tag: Sjta

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 […]

Ticket system for darshan at Puri Srimandir soon: SJTA

Puri: Devotees will now have to pay for getting a glimpse of the holy Trinity inside Puri Srimandir. A decision to introduce ‘ticket system’ to facilitate devotees to have a darshan of the deities from close quarters near ‘Bhitara Katha’ was formally taken during a meeting by the temple managing committee today. As per the […]

Brahma Parivartan Fiasco: SJTA issues notice to 11 servitors

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has served notice to 11 persons in connection with Brahma Parivartan fiasco case in 2015 based on the report by then Chief Administrator. After a review, the notice was issued by the sub-committee to 10 Daitapatis and 1 Maharana servitor for delaying rituals of the holy trinity. During the […]

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 […]

VHP opposes queue system at Puri Srimandir, demands withdrawal

Puri: After locals and religious outfits, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has now opposed the introduction of ‘Dhadi Darshan’ (queue system) at Puri Srimandir. At a presser, president of VHP’s Odisha unit, Ajit Patnaik alleged that the new system has hurt the sentiments of the devotees not only in Odisha but also led to resentment […]

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 […]

No deviation in conduct of rituals in Puri Srimandir: SJTA

Puri: Abolition of hereditary services and appointment of servitors still remains a bone of contention even though a detailed discussion was done at the Chhatisa Nijog meeting held in Puri today on the disciplinary reforms suggested by the Supreme Court. Chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradipta Mohapatra today stated that there was […]

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 […]

Srimandir mismanagement: SC asks Odisha govt to upload info on websites in 2 weeks

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the Odisha government to ensure that the Puri district judge’s report and recommendations on mismanagement in Puri Srimandir are uploaded on to the websites of the apex court, Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and Ministry of Culture within two weeks. The SC further stated if the Sri Jagannath […]

No disrespect to First Lady, no communiqué from Rashtrapati Bhawan: SJTA

Puri: In a major development, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today clarified that it has not received any communiqué from the Rashtrapati Bhawan regarding misbehaviour to the First Lady in Puri Srimandir. Reportedly, three servitors were accused of not maintaining distance and dashing against First lady and wife of President Ram Nath Kovind, Savita […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar key: Justice Raghubir Das assumes charge of Inquiry Commission

Cuttack: Retired Orissa High Court judge, Justice Raghubir Das on Wednesday took charge as the chairman of the Commission of Inquiry which will probe into the missing of Ratna Bhandar key of Puri Srimandir. Odisha government had earlier ordered a judicial probe into the circumstances leading to mysterious disappearance of the key of Puri Srimandir’s […]

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 […]

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Ready to face probe on Ratna Bhandar key fiasco: Puri Collector

Puri: After drawing criticism in the wake of growing resentment over the missing keys of the inner Ratna Bhandar and sudden recovery of duplicate keys yesterday, Puri Collector Arvind Agarwal on Thursday stated that he is  ready to face any probe as everything has been recorded on pen and paper. Agarwal’s clarification came soon after […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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 […]

Officials to wear only ‘Gamuchha’ during Ratna Bhandar inspection

Puri:  All guidelines laid out in the standard operating procedure (SOP) including videography of the entire proceedings will be strictly followed while the officials will have to wear only ‘Gamuchha (traditional towel)’ supplied by the temple authorities during inspection of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, informed Shri Jagannath Temple Administration’s (SJTA) chief administrator Pradeep Jena today. […]

SJTA seeks govt permission to inspect Srimandir's Ratna Bhandar

Bhubaneswar: While the Orissa High Court has allowed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to carry out an inspection of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, the chamber containing Lord Jagannath’s treasure trove, on March 26 and 27, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has sought permission from the state government to go ahead with such inspection. “The […]

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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 […]

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Servitors unhappy over Srimandir repair

Puri: With the chief administrator of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Pradeep Jena announcing that repair work of Jagamohan, the hall facing the sanctum sanctorum of the 12th century temple, is in final stages, servitors of the temple claim that major works at several blocks are still pending. Servitors claimed repair work at ‘Bhandara Ghara’, […]

Photos of Lord Jagannath uploaded on Facebook, again

Puri: Months after photos of Srimandir interiors went viral on social media, the pictures of Lord Jagannath and his siblings were again found posted on a Facebook account.   A person identified as Sanket Mishra uploaded the pictures of the deities with a message “the real pic of Lord Jagannath at Puri temple. Made a […]

Repair work of Natya Mandap of Puri Srimandir from Jan 27

Puri: Repair work of the Natya Mandap in Puri Sri Jagannath temple will commence from January 27, informed Pradeep Kumar Jena, chief administrator of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). The Chhatisa Nijog, in a meeting held on Monday, decided to ask the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to finish the Natya Mandap repair work […]

Servitor suspended over sale of Prasad before being offered to Trinity

Puri:  The Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today suspended Gadadhar Dixit, a servitor of Suar Nijog in connection with the sale of Prasad allegedly without being offered to the Trinity. After considering the inquiry report of commander and supervisor, the SJTA today suspended Dixit. It was alleged that Dixit had sold Dal Prasad at Anand […]

Prasad sold before being offered to Trinity, SJTA seeks report

Puri: Taking a stern note of violation of rituals at Puri Srimandir, the temple administration on Saturday sought a report in connection with the sale of prasad allegedly without being offered to the deities. Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) administrator (Rituals) Pradip Das informed that already the commander has been asked to submit a report […]

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 […]

Srimandir security lapse: Devotee posts pictures on social media

Puri: Lapses in the existing security measures at Puri Srimandir have come to fore once again after some pictures taken by a devotee inside the temple’s inner precinct surfaced on social media. According to reports, one Jugal Kishore Vaishnav posted the pictures taken at a few locations inside the temple on his Facebook account. The […]

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 […]

Management of Srimandir’s Laxmi temple to come under SJTA purview

Puri: The management of Laxmi temple inside Puri Srimandir will come under the purview of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and its functioning will be reviewed every three months. New guidelines will be shortly formulated in this regard, informed SJTA chief administrator Pradeep Jena after a meeting with servitors on Tuesday. “The existing practice of […]

SJTA takes possession of Bauli matha

Puri: The Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Wednesday sealed the Bauli Matha adjacent to the Swarga Dwara here and took it into possession while acting as per a directive issued by the Supreme Court. The SJTA took possession of the matha after the latter’s management lost a litigation in the apex court. Shops on […]

Photos of Jagamohan repair work inside Puri Srimandir go viral

Puri: Justice BP Das Commission of Inquiry for Reforms in Srimandir on Tuesday sought report from the Law secretary, Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Puri Collector and SP after photos of repair works of Jagamohan, the hall facing the sanctum sanctorum of the 12th century shrine were found posted on social media. Justice BP Das […]

No smartphones for servitors inside Puri temple

Puri: Tightening security for the Puri Srimandir, the Chhatisha Niyog (priests’ body) has decided to restrict use of smartphone by servitors on temple premises. The decision taken at a meeting of the priests’ body held under the chairmanship of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief Pradeep Jena here today came in the wake of a […]

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 […]