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Tag: Srimandir

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

6 temples inside Puri Srimandir need repair: ASI

Bhubaneswar: As a part of the ongoing renovation works in Lord Jagannath Temple (Srimandir) in Puri, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) today submitted an assessment report to the Orissa High Court citing that the structural condition of as many as 13 temples inside the temple premises is in precarious condition out of which six […]

HC asks ASI to complete repair work of Srimandir Jay-Vijay Dwar by May 31

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) today to complete the repair work of the Jay-Vijay Dwar of Puri Srimandir by May 31. According to sources, the ASI had sought 1 month time from the court to finish the repair work. In a bid to ensure hassle-free darshan by […]

Puri Srimandir ritual controversy: Niti administrator submits report

  Puri: A day after ‘Mahaprasad’ was made available to devotees after four days of impasse, Niti Prasashak (temple ritual administrator) has submitted a report to Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). The report mentions the names of some servitors from different Nijogs primarily responsible for disrupting conduct of rituals. The report has […]

High Court raps Odisha govt over delay in Srimandir rituals

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today expressed displeasure over the delay in Srimandir rituals. Rapping the state government for wrong interpretation of its order, the court clarified that it only reviewed the temple repair works and didn’t pass any orders pertaining to the rituals of Srimandir. The court added that it is the state government […]

Demand for bhog compensation intensifies, affects Srimandir rituals

Puri: The Suar and Mahasuar community of the Puri Srimandir today continued their dharna demanding compensation for the losses incurred due to wastage of the ‘Amhunia Mahaprasad’ because of delay in temple rituals on Monday. It may be noted that the rituals to be performed ahead of Puri Srimandir’s Jagamohan opening yesterday got delayed after […]

Darshan at Puri Srimandir to be restricted for 4 hours today

Puri: Darshan of the Trinity at Puri Srimandir will be restricted for four hours from 3.30 PM to 7.30 PM today in view of ‘Banak Lagi’ rituals. After completion of the second Bhog Mandap rituals, Datta Mohapatra servitors will enter into the sanctum sanctorum to perform ‘Banak Lagi’ of the deities. General darshan of the […]

Darshan at Srimandir To Be Restricted For 4 Hours Today

Puri: The darshan of three sibling deities- Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra at Puri Srimandir will remain restricted for four hours today. General darshan of Mahaprabhu will remain closed from 3.30 pm till 7.30 pm due to a secret ritual ‘Paita Lagi,’ informed officials of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). “No devotees […]

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 […]

Puri King presents Srimandir development plan before CM Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Puri Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb today met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar and presented a five-point plan for overall development of Shri Jagannath temple (Srimandir) and Gundicha temple. Deb made a PowerPoint presentation seeking CM Naveen’s approval. “Plans pertaining to development and restoration of ‘Uttara Parswa Matha,’ ‘Dakishana Parswa Matha,’ […]

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 […]

ASI inspects Ratna Bhandar from outside

Bhubaneswar: Amid uncertainty prevailing over the opening of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, the chamber containing Lord Jagannath’s treasure trove, a five-member team of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) inspected it from outside today. The officials reviewed the structure of the chamber from Jagamohan and Navikata Mandap sides. Following inspection, ASI team member Himadri Bihari […]

'Dola' rituals schedule of Lord Jagannath finalised

Puri: The Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has finalised ritual schedule today for ‘Dola’ festival to be celebrated in Srimandir on March 1. The meeting of Chhattisa Nijoga chaired by SJTA chief administrator Pradeep Jena decided today that the doors of the shrine will be opened at 3 am on Dola Purnima. The Rajadhiraja Besa […]

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 […]

Nepal King arrives in Odisha on six-day tour

Bhubaneswar:  Nepal King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev received a rousing welcome after arriving at the Bhubaneswar Airport in Odisha today morning. The King is on a six-day visit to the State to attend various religious programmes. The king is scheduled to inaugurate the ‘Mission Wow Cow Goshala’ at Rathipur near Jatani today and will […]

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 […]

Drowning in Puri: Body of 1 student fished out, another missing

Puri: The body of one of the two students, identified as Akash Khakha, who had drowned while taking bath in Puri sea beach on Friday was fished out today. Reportedly, eight students from Western Odisha had come to play cricket match in Bhubaneswar. As there was no match scheduled for Friday, all of them went […]

Srimandir Reforms panel notice to ASI over posters on temple walls

Puri: Upset over putting posters on Sri Jagannath temple walls, justice BP Das Commission of Inquiry for Reforms in Srimandir issued notice to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) asking it to file explanation on why FIR not filed for such an offence. The Commission, which directed the ASI superintendent to report within 15 days, […]

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 […]

Hoardings to create awareness on photography ban at Srimandir

Puri: Hoardings will be set up around the Srimandir to create an awareness about ‘photography ban’ on the temple premises, said Sri Jagannath Temple administrator Pradip Jena today. Talking to mediapersons, Jena stated, “Electronic display board will also be put on Puri-Bhubaneswar road to create the awareness.” Recently devotees expressed displeasure after some visitors were […]

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 […]

Music bands, DJs to face the music after restrictions in Puri

Puri: Music band party owners and DJ organisers will face stringent action for playing loud music during processions, especially near the Srimandir here. To curb noise pollution and avoid the damage caused to the 12th-century shrine due to loud music, the Puri district administration has imposed certain restrictions on musical bands and DJs. As per […]

Selfie in Puri temple, Police begin probe

Puri: A youth claiming to be a sevayat at the Srimandir has posted selfies taken inside the temple on his social media profile which has raised questions on how mobile phones were permitted within the temple premises. Police has begun probe into the incident after the post has gone viral. While visitors to the temple […]

Bahuda Yatra concludes ahead of schedule

Puri: Bahuda Yatra, the homecoming of the Trinity from Gundicha Temple to Srimandir on their chariots concluded ahead of schedule today. The three chariots Taladhwaja (Lord Balabhadra), Debadalana (Goddess Subhadra) & Nandighosa (Lord Jagannath), returned to Srimandir pulled by a sea of revering devotees marking the end to the nine-day sojourn of the Lord and […]

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 […]

Devotees start flocking to Alarnath as Trinity gets set to hibernate

Puri: With Lord Jagannath and his siblings scheduled to be taken to Anasara Ghara (secret place) leaving the sanctum of Srimandir from tomorrow following a lavish bath on Debasnana Purnima today, devotees have already started making beelines to Alarnath temple in Brahmagiri of Puri district.   During this period, Lord Krishna who is worshiped as Lord Alarnath in […]

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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 […]