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Odisha: More CCTV cameras for Jagannath temple ahead of Rath Yatra

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Puri: As many as 23 CCTV cameras will be installed inside the premises of the Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri in order to check exploitation of devotees by servitors and to ensure smooth conduct of Rath Yatra of the 12th century shrine, a top official said today.

This was decided in the temple managing committee meeting held here including other important ones such as implementing the Supreme Court directives for managing the temple affairs smoothly.

“Additional CCTV cameras will be installed at various points insides the Jagannath temple which will help in keeping an eye on collection of donations from devotees,” said Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.

Besides, a detailed discussion over arrangements for Snana Yatra, Rath Yatra, Bahuda Yatra and Niladri Bije was held in the meeting.

“We had discussed about how Snana Yatra, Rath Yatra, Bahuda Yatra and Niladri Bije will be conducted smoothly in order to ensure all hassle-free visit of all devotees during this Rath Yatra,” Mohapatra informed.

He also said that they had discussed where barricades will be put up and assigning duties to some servitors during Snana Yatra.

This apart, the SJTA Chief said that steps are being taken to retrieve Govardhan Peeth land. “The temple managing committee also decided to constitute a panel headed by Puri King and Collector, Puri SP as members to hold discussions with Shankaracharya on allegations of inadvertent transfer of Govardhan Peeth land to Puri Srimandir records,” Mohapatra added.

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