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Tag: Srimandir

Security beefed up for Bada Osa at Dhabaleswar Temple

Cuttack: Elaborate security arrangements have been made at Dhabaleswar Temple in Athagarh block of Cuttack district for the ‘Bada Osa’ celebrations tomorrow. The preparations for ‘Gaja Bhoga’ which will be offered to Lord Dhabaleswar on the occasion of Bada Osa are in full swing. As per tradition, the bhoga will be offered to the lord […]

Rituals delayed at Puri Srimandir on first day of 'Panchuka'

Puri: Rituals were delayed inside Puri Srimandir on the first day of ‘Panchuka’ following which devotees and Habishyalis expressed their disappointment for not getting ‘Abadha’ on time. According to sources, there was a delay in Laxminarayan ‘Besha’ ritual of Lord Jagannath which led to further delay in subsequent rituals. As a result of which the […]

Pictures of restricted areas of Puri Srimandir, Sakhigopal, Lingaraj temples go viral

Puri: Controversy surfaced once again after pictures of the secret ‘beshas’ of Lord Gopaljew and goddess Radha of Sakhi Gopinath Temple in Puri went viral on social media on ‘Anla Nabami.’ The picture was reportedly posted on Facebook by one Basudevguddu Swain. Similarly, a devotee from Surat, Tejas Selar uploaded a picture of the interior […]

Habishyalis observe 'Brata' on first Monday of Kartika

Puri/Cuttack: As the first Monday of the Holy month Kartika holds special relevance and marks the beginning of ‘Kartika Brata’, large number of devotees across the State performed puja at various temples across the state. As per rituals, Habishyalis observe Kartika Brata today at the Puri Srimandir. Women observing ‘Habisha’ performed special puja in front […]

86 arrested for violence during Puri Bandh: SP Sarthak Sarangi

Puri: Eight six persons have been arrested so far by Puri police in connection with violence during Puri Bandh on October 3 protesting the introduction ‘Dhadi Darshan’ or ‘Queue System’ inside Puri Srimandir. Informing the development, Puri Superintendent of Police (SP), Sarthak Sarangi said 45 persons have been arrested by Singhadwara police and 41 by […]

Cop suspended for posting pictures of Puri Srimandir interior on social media

Puri: Hours after pictures of the interior of the Puri Srimandir were uploaded today on social media by police sub inspector Dilip Panda, Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi has suspended him. As per reports, the pictures of the temple premises were found posted on a Facebook post today, thereby raising concerns over security measures at the 12th […]

Violence during Puri bandh: 12 more persons arrested by police

Puri: As a part of its investigation into the large scale violence that erupted during the Puri bandh organized to protest the introduction of ‘Dadhi Darshan (queue system)’  in Srimandir,  police today arrested 12 more persons thereby taking the total number arrests to 23. “The arrests were made based on evidences received from the analysis […]

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 […]

Relief for local devotees as entry norm relaxed at Puri Srimandir

Puri: After violence during the bandh called over newly introduced queue system of entry into Srimandir stalled the entire pilgrim town leading to law and order situation yesterday, the administration has now decided to relax the new arrangement and allow the entry of local devotees through three other gates- Hathidwara, Vyaghradwara and Ashwadwara apart from […]

Amicus curiae for heredity system, but suggests cap on Srimandir servitors

Puri: The Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae, Gopal Subramanium is of the opinion that while the heredity system of appointment of servitors should remain, there should be restrictions on the numbers of servitors at Puri Srimandir. Following a meeting between the Srimandir Managing Committee and Subramanium at the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) office, chief administrator […]

‘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: SC-appointed amicus curiae to visit Puri on Sept 20

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium will visit Puri on September 20 to hold discussions with various stakeholders over 12 proposals suggested by the apex court as part of disciplinary reforms for the Jagannath temple. During the visit, the amicus curiae will hold discussions with the officials of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), […]

Jagannath culture outfit seeks publication of 'Brahma Paribartan' fiasco report

Bhubaneswar: A day after a sub committee was constituted to review three most contentious issues in the Supreme Court-suggested reforms for the Srimandir in Puri, members of ‘Jagannath sanskruti sangathan’ on Sunday demanded publication of the ‘Brahma Paribartan’ fiasco probe report soon. Members of the Jagannath culture outfit, who started a padayatra from Puri on […]

Divyangs cover 104 km on wheelchair to visit Puri Srimandir

Puri: Two divyang youths covered 104 kilometre on wheelchairs and reached Puri today for darshan of Lord Jagannath in Srimandir. Yesterday night, on the eve of Independence Day, Kamalakant Nayak and Prashant Nayak started their journey from Olatpur’s Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR). After traveling for 12 hours, the duo […]

Entry of non-hindus into Srimandir: 2 petitioners made parties to plea

Puri: The Supreme Court today gave permission to two petitioners to be made parties to the plea in connection with the entry of non-Hindus into Puri Srimandir. The petitioners are Continental Lawyers Association and Sri Jagannath Sena, who have opposed the proposal of the entry of non-Hindus. “The main petition was renewed after the apex […]

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 […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar key: 1st meeting of Justice Raghubir Dash Commission today

Puri: The first meeting of the Justice Raghubir Dash Commission of Inquiry, which will be probing the disappearance of Ratna Bhandar key of Puri Srimandir, will be held today at the Circuit House here today. As per reports, the meeting will be held at 11 am in which officials of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration […]

Conspiracy hatched against Puri Srimandir & Jagannath culture, alleges Bijoy Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Amid discontent over suggestions of the Supreme Court to abolish the heredity system of service by sevayats in the Puri Srimandir, senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra Friday alleged that a conspiracy is being hatched against Puri Srimandir and the Jagannath culture. Talking on the sidelines of the ‘Rashtriya Mahadhivesan’ of Govardhan Mutt in Puri […]

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 […]

Holy Trinity to relish ‘Adhara Pana’ today

Puri: A day after the Suna Besha, Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra will be offered a special drink called ‘Adhara Pana’ in a special ritual on Tuesday evening. The ‘pana’ is a rich drink prepared by the Mahasura servitors with milk, banana, cheese, aromatic spices and water. The water used […]

In the Absence of Jagannath

Every year, the deities of the Jagannath Temple are carried to the Gundicha Temple on the other side of the road on grand chariots, in the world famous Ratha Jatra. During this time, the huge temple remains empty, bereft of its presiding deities. People throng to the other temple where the deities reside during the […]

Rath Yatra: Bahuda preparations begin in Puri

Puri: A day after the Hera Panchami ritual, preparations for return of Lord Jagannnath and his sibling deities to Srimandir after their stay at Gundicha temple in the pilgrim town has begun. The Holy Trinity who had left the temple for a nine day annual sojourn to their aunt’s house (Gundicha Temple) on their chariots  […]

Goddess Mahalaxmi set to break Nandighosa on ‘Hera Panchami’ today

Puri: It is time for some sulking and temper tantrums as Goddess Mahalaxmi left behind at Srimandir by Lord Jagannath, decides to teach Him a lesson. Jealous, she goes on to damage a part of the Nandighosa chariot parked outside Gundicha Temple on Wednesday. The ritual known as ‘Hera Panchami’ is celebrated on the fifth […]

The extended family of Jagannath

When you think about the Indian conception of God, most Gods live either alone or with their consorts. Jagannath lives with his elder brother and sister in his huge home at Puri. Quite a departure from the usual norm; it doesn’t end there too. Not only does he have more members in this wonderful ‘divine’ […]

Puri Srimandir's Patitapaban Bana: Flag that symbolises the Lord

Puri: For lakhs of devotees thronging the Jagannath Temple in Puri, the flag atop the 12th-century shrine named ‘Patitapaban Bana’ is the first glimpse of the lord before setting foot inside temple. It is believed that a mere sight of the flag uplifts the downtrodden – that’s how it derived its name – Patitapaban. Jagannath […]

Rath Yatra 2018: Chariots to have donation boxes

Bhubaneswar/Puri: In view of the Supreme Court’s recent directions barring direct collection of donations from devotees in Puri Srimandir, the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today informed that donation boxes (Hundis) will be installed on the chariots during Rath Yatra. In a meeting of the Daitapati Nijog and the chief administrator of SJTA, Pradipta Mohapatra […]

Kabir Caura FI Puri
When Saint Kabir reined in the wrath of sea God to help build Srimandir

Puri: The Holy land of Puri is known for many historical and mythological places. Great men from all around the Indian sub-continent arrived in Puri drawn by the devotion and faith on Lord Jagannath. But, the story of Saint Kabir’s arrival in Puri and the famous ‘Kabir Chaura’ is a little different. According to Jagannath […]

Srimandir remains priority of State govt only till Rath Yatra: Gajapati

Puri: Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb today said that the kind of importance given to the Lord Jagannath Temple by Odisha government during the Rath Yatra is not seen at other times in all matters of management. In an exclusive one-on-one interview with OTV, the Puri King said that while the  government gives a lot […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pictures of Puri Srimandir again go viral on social media

Puri: Months after photos of Lord Jagannath and his siblings were found posted on a Facebook account, pictures of Srimandir once again went viral on social media on Saturday thereby exposing the poor security measures at the 12th century shrine. This time few photographs of Srimandir’s Nata Mandap and exterior of Jagamohan were found posted […]

Construction of public toilet near Srimandir draws flak

Puri: Devotees & servitors have vehemently opposed the construction of a public toilet near the ‘Meghnad Pacheri’, the boundary wall of Srimandir and demanded immediate halt of the construction work. Secretary of Bhitara Sevayat Nijog, Rabi Das condemned the construction of the toilet and said, “The construction work is completely illegal. Nothing can be more […]

SC directive on Srimandir affairs: Affidavits filed in Puri court

Puri: Several outfits including Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Arya Samaj along with various servitor forums of Puri Srimandir submitted affidavits in the Puri District and Sessions Court following Supreme Court’s directive on the management of the temple. While the VHP in an affidavit sought handover of some responsibilities to Puri Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati and […]

devotee dies Puri Srimandir
Ratna Bhandar controversy: Case against Collector, ex-SJTA administrator

Puri: Amid the controversy surrounding the key of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar (treasure trove), a case was registered in the Puri Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court against district Collector Arvind Agarwal and former chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradeep Jena today. As per reports, lawyer and petitioner Chinmaya Das filed an […]

devotee dies Puri Srimandir
Demand for opening Srimandir's Ratna Bhandar gains momentum

Bhubaneswar/Puri:  With mystery still shrouding the discovery of duplicate key of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik on Saturday demanded for an audit of the Lord’s treasure trove. In a tweet, OPCC chief wrote, “Mr. Naveen Patnaik, please understand that the recent series of events have left a deep […]

devotee dies Puri Srimandir
OTV Impact: CM orders judicial probe into missing Ratna Bhandar keys

Bhubaneswar: Following OTV’s telecast on the mystery surrounding the missing Ratna Bhandar keys of Puri Srimandir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered a judicial inquiry into the whole matter. A retired judge of the Orissa High court will conduct the inquiry and submit report within three months, the Chief Minister’s Office said in a media […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar keys: Outfits turn heat on Law Minister Pratap Jena

Demanding resignation of Law Minister Pratap Jena and seeking a probe into the mystery surrounding the keys of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, different outfits on Sunday staged a demonstration in front of the Singhdwara (Lions gate) of the 12th century shrine. Holding placards and raising slogans against the district administration and the Law Minister, members […]

Foreign currency in Srimandir's Hundi: Devotees want transparency in counting methods

  Puri: After foreign currencies were recovered from ‘Hundis’ or the donation box inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of Puri Srimandir, devotees are now demanding for more transparent methods for counting of cash received as donations. While amount deposited in the ‘Hundi’ is counted everyday at Srimandir’s branch office, the counting of donations from other boxes […]

Probe sought into missing Srimandir Ratna Bhandar keys

Puri: A day after OTV reported that it has evidence which indicates that the key of the inner chamber of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar is missing, concerns were raised today by various quarters seeking a CBI probe into the whole fiasco. Questions are now being raised on the inspection of the Ratna Bhandar that was […]

Puri Srimandir servitor, devotee injured in violent clash

  Puri: A fight broke out between a Bhoi servitor of Puri Srimandir and a devotee today in which both of them were severely injured. According to sources, complaints have been filed by both at Singhadwar Police Station. The incident occurred when one devotee identified as Dalton Das, who along with his family & friends […]