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Tag: Srimandir

Sikhs, Punjab MLAs Take Out Rally In Bhubaneswar Opposing Mangu Mutt Demolition

Bhubaneswar: Members of the Sikh community including Punjab MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh took to streets in Bhubaneswar on Sunday protesting demolition of the Mangu Mutt. The centuries-old mutt is being demolished to make way for a heritage corridor within 75 metres of Puri Srimandir. Holding banner, placards and sloganeering against the State […]

Wood From Trees Uprooted During Cyclone Fani To Be Used In Jagannath Temple Kitchen

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday decided that the wood from trees uprooted at Balukhand Sanctuary during cyclone Fani would be utilised to cook food at the kitchen in Lord Jagannath Temple. A portion of the dead wood collected from sanctuary would also be sent to ‘Swargadwar’ (crematorium) to be used for funerals, said forest […]

Ratna-Bhandar Srimandir
Govt’s Denial To Audit Ratna Bhandar Raises Eyebrows

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government’s refusal to audit Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, the treasure trove of Lord Jagannath on Friday drew criticism from all quarters. Answering queries by legislators Suresh Routray and Kusum Tete, State Law Minister Pratap Jena today informed, “We don’t have any proposals to either open the Ratna Bhandar or audit it for now.” […]

Row Erupts Over 'Podhuan Bhaara' Of Lord Balabhadra In Srimandir

Puri: A controversy erupted at the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri, a day after devotees and trust board members of Madhavananda Temple in Cuttack Niali arrived at the 12th-century shrine on a grand procession to present ‘Podhuan Bhaara’ for the conduct of Prathamashtami rituals of Lord Balabhadra. According to legends, many claim that Lord Madhav […]

Srimandir Reforms: Appoint Full-Time Administrator, SC Tells SJTA

Puri: The Supreme Court on Monday directed Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to appoint a permanent administrator of the managing committee while passing an interim judgement on Srimandir reforms. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra issued 22 directives and directed SJTA to come up with accommodation facility for 60,000 pilgrims. The apex court further […]

Eviction Near Srimandir: Rs 40 crore sanctioned for land acquisition 'not enough'

Puri: The Odisha government has approved Rs 40 crore to speed up land acquisition and rehabilitation process in the 75 metre area that is being cleared near Srimandir in Puri. Land of around 18 Mutts and more than 250 buildings including hotels and shops will be acquired. After the announcement of additional 10% incentive for […]

Line Of Control Drawn Around Puri Jagannath Temple Using DGPS mapping

Puri: The last line of control was marked using Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) near Srimandir today. As per reports, marking is being done 75 metres from the Meghanad Pacheri or the boundary wall of the Srimandir – the area that has been identified to cleared of all encroachments and obstacles for movement of devotees […]

Gajapati Urges Religious Outfits To Refrain From Celebrating Rath Yatra On Different Date

Puri: A day after the Ludhiana branch of ISKCON’s decision to hold Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath on a different date sparked massive condemnation, Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb on Tuesday urged devotees and religious institutions to celebrate the chariot festival on date fixed only as per the Srimandir rituals. The Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath […]

We will regret this mistake in Future: Tathagata Satpathy on Demolition In Puri

Puri: After taking a jibe at the Odisha government on social media over demolition in 75 metre area around Puri Srimandir, former BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy once again criticised the move today and said that no one has the right to demolish structures of historical significance. The former BJD MP questioned whether action should be […]

Mysterious Underground Chambers Discovered Beneath Ancient Emar Mutt

Puri: Chambers of an ancient building lying underneath the Emar Mutt was discovered today during the razing of the 12th-century monastery near Puri Srimandir. The discovery of the secret underground chambers sparked curiosity among the local residents as hundreds of people gathered near the spot to witness the spectacle. While it is stated that the […]

Janmashtami celebration In Odisha
Janmashtami: Odisha Dips In Celebrations On Birthday Of Lord Krishna

Bhubaneswar: Religious fervour grips shrines of Lord Krishna and other temples across Odisha today as devotees celebrate Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. Special arrangements have been made by temple authorities for the celebration of the special occasion in the midnight today. People in large numbers thronged Ram Mandir and ISKCON Temple in Bhubaneswar to […]

‘Secret passage’ Adjacent To Meghnad Pacheri Raises Curiosity

Puri: A deep trench has been found during the eviction drive carried out by the Puri district administration adjacent to the Meghnad Pacheri (shrine wall) of the Puri Srimandir. After demolition of a two-storey building of Ramdaya Parishad, the trench looking like a secret passage was discovered on Wednesday. Rumours of a secret passage soon […]

Rahu Rekha Lagi Of Holy Trinity At Puri Srimandir Today

Puri: The Jagannath Temple at Puri will remain closed for five hours today – from 2 pm to 7 pm in view of the conduct of ‘Rahu Rekha Lagi’ ritual, informed Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). Conducted on the Krushnapakhya Panchami of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, the secret ritual is performed by the Daitapati […]

Include Puri, Konark in iconic tourist list: Odisha BJP MPs

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs from Odisha have requested Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel to include the Jagannath temple in Puri and Sun Temple in Konark in the list of India’s Iconic Tourist Sites. In a letter to the Union Minister, released to media on Friday, the MPs have sought his personal […]

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, […]

Curbs imposed on parking & make-shift stall owners on Puri Badadanda

Puri: With an aim to ensure smooth darshan of devotees, the district administration has put restrictions on parking of vehicles near Puri Srimandir and set up special barricades on the Grand Road (Badadanda). As per reports, the stretch from Rajanara to Srimandir and the outside circumference of the temple have been declared as no-parking zone. […]

Bahuda Yatra Concludes As Chariots Of Holy Trinity Reach Abode

Puri: Lakhs of devotees from across the country and abroad converged in Puri to witness ‘Bahuda Yatra’ – the homecoming of the Holy Trinity from Gundicha Temple to Srimandir on their chariots today. According to mythology, on this auspicious day the three sibling deities – Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra wrap up their annual […]

'Police-Daitapati Servitors clash' delays Hera Panchami rituals in Puri

Puri: A clash between the Daitapati Servitors and the Jagannath Temple Police (JTP) Monday evening allegedly delayed the rituals of Hera Panchami on the fifth day of the annual chariot festival in the pilgrim town. Though the Sandhya Dhupa ritual at Gundicha temple was conducted on time, the arrival of Goddess Mahalakshmi (Mahalaxmi Bije Niti) […]

With deities on Rath Yatra, ASI team begins inspection of Srimandir

Puri: A day after the annual sojourn of the Holy Trinity – Rath Yatra began and with the deities leaving the temple, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) began the inspection work of Srimandir’s Garbha Gruha (sanctum sanctorum) today. As per reports, the ASI officials will inspect the first & second floors, walls, corbel and […]

Rath Yatra: 'Dasamula Modaka' to be offered to Holy Trinity

Puri: As the sibling deities of Puri Srimandir, Lord Balabhadra, Jagannath and Devi Subhadra are undergoing treatment at the secret ‘Anasara ghara’ chamber, the Raj Baidyas will today offer a special herbal medicine known as ‘Dasamula Modaka’ to the deities following instructions from Puri Gajapati Maharaj. It is believed that the Holy Trinity will recover […]

Snana Purnima: Holy Trinity bathed in aromatic water

Puri: Marking the beginning of the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, the Snana Purnima rituals began at Puri Srimandir today amid tight security. Puri Gajapati Dibya Singha Deb performed Chhera Pahanra on Snana Mandap after the Chaturdha Murti were given ceremonial bath. Puri Gajapati Dibya Singha Deb on Snana […]

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Snana Yatra of Lord Jagannath tomorrow, security tightened in Shreekhetra

Puri: The month-long Rath Yatra festivities of Lord Jagannath will begin with the Deba Snana Purnima tomorrow. As per rituals, the Holy Trinity will be taken out of the Srimandir on ‘dhadi pahandi’ and moved to the Snana Mandap (bathing altar) where they will be bathed with 108 pots of perfumed water. According to detail […]

Public darshan of deities at Puri Srimandir restricted due to secret rituals

Puri: Ahead of the Snana Yatra of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra tomorrow, public darshan of the Holy Trinity has been restricted today till 2 pm due to the ongoing ‘secret rituals’ at the Srimandir. The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today informed that the devotees will not be allowed to have darshan […]

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. […]

Regular-size 'Patitapabana Bana' affixed atop Puri Srimandir

Puri: The Chunara servitors with directions from Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) restored the regular-sized ‘Patitapabana Bana’ (temple flag) atop the Srimandir today. Puri Srimandir’s 14 hand-length ‘Patitapabana Bana’ which is mounted atop the Nilachakra was replaced with a shorter flag on May 1 ahead of cyclone Fani’s landfall. The flag was replaced as a […]

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 […]

Vicinity of Srimandir’s Singhadwara declared no-parking zone

Puri: With an aim to tackle traffic congestion outside the Srimandir and ensure hassle free entry of devotees into the 12th century shrine, the Puri district administration has declared the premises of Singhadwara (Lion’s Gate) of the temple as no parking. Initiating efforts in this regard, the officials of the district administration have begun eviction […]

Puri Srimandir's 'Interpretation Centre' to come up within a year

Puri: Tourists and devotees will soon get to know more about the rituals, artifacts, culture, historical facts and traditions of Puri Srimandir as an ‘Interpretation Centre’ at Jagannath Ballabh will be ready within a year, informed Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb at a meeting held today. Official sources said Rs 5 crore has been allotted for […]

Srimandir reforms: New Mahaprasad rates finalised after Suar Mahasuar-SJTA meeting

Puri: Devotees and tourists who throng the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri will now be able to get Abadha or the ‘Mahaprasad’ at uniform rates as a 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. […]

Election of Srimandir Daitapati Nijog: Filing of nominations ends, withdrawal today

Puri: A total of 32 persons have filed nominations for elections of the Daitapati Nijog of Puri Srimandir scheduled to be held on January 28 as part of the reforms following the directive of the Supreme Court. While the nomination filing ended on Saturday, today is the last date for withdrawal of nominations for the […]

Srimandir ruckus: Bijoy Mohapatra targets Puri Gajapati

Bhubaneswar/Puri: Senior leader Bijoy Mohapatra targeted Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb today over the latter’s comments following ruckus at Srimandir on December 28. Mohapatra stated that the Gajapati should not try to avoid the issue which delayed rituals of the deities of Srimandir. Slamming the State government, the senior leader said it should not try […]

Day after impasse, rituals as usual at Puri Srimandir

Puri: A day after the rituals and darshan of the deities at the Jagannath Temple were delayed by more than 12 hours following a standoff between the police and servitors, the conduct of proceedings at the 12th century shrine is underway in a smooth manner today. According to reports, the Singhadwara of the temple was […]

Rituals hit at Puri Srimandir following servitor-police face-off

Puri: Rituals at the Shree Jagannath Temple in the pilgrim town has been hit on Friday following a face-off between servitor and police over entry of two devotees yesterday evening. While the gates of the temple remain closed, rituals including the Mangala Alati of Lord Jagannath and other deities are yet to begin. Thousands of […]

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 […]

Special rituals begin in Srimandir on Dhanu Sankranti

Puri: The special ‘Pahili Bhog Niti’ at Puri Srimandir started today on the occasion of Dhanu Sankranti. The rituals will continue till January 13, a day before ‘Makar Sankranti’. In view of the special rituals, the main door of the sanctum sanctorum was opened at 3 am today. The main gate will now open at […]

Mahaprasad rate chart will be finalised soon: SJTA Chief

Puri: The finalisation of rates for Mahaprasad (Abadha) will be done soon and later a rate chart will be put up at Ananda Bazaar, informed Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradipta Mohapatra today. The temple administration today carried out the entire cooking of Abadha on the Bhoga Mandap of the shrine to […]

Supreme Court
SC turns down CBI probe demand into entry of cops with shoes in Srimandir

Puri: The Supreme Court of India today rejected Sri Jagannath Sena’s plea seeking a CBI probe into policemen entering Puri Srimandir wearing shoes and holding weapons. It is pertinent to mention here that large-scale violence was reported during the observance of Puri bandh called by the socio-cultural outfit on October 3 over the introduction of […]

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 […]

Srimandir managing committee meeting today; 8 proposals likely to be discussed

Puri: The Srimandir managing committee is likely to hold discussions on eight proposals in a meeting today. The meeting is scheduled to start at 11 AM under the chairmanship of Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb. As per sources, the meeting will discuss on implementation of the 12 proposals suggested as part of disciplinary reforms at […]

Devotees throng Dhabaleswar Temple for 'Gaja Bhoga'

Cuttack/Puri: The ‘Gaja Bhoga’ and ‘Tarana’ were distributed among devotees at Dhabaleswar Temple in Athagarh today. The prasad was offered to Lord Dhabaleswar in the midnight on Bada Osa yesterday. A large number of devotees have been thronging the temple since morning to witness ‘Harihar Besha’ of the Lord on the fourth day of Panchuka […]