Odisha Sun Times Bureau
To ensure smooth conduct of Nabakalebara and Rath Yatra in Odisha’s Puri, there would be no Nabajoubana darshan of the Trinity inside the temple premises this year.
Besides, the devotees would be allowed to have the darshan of the Lords outside the Sri Gundicha temple during the Sandhya Darshan.
This was decided at a meeting between the SJTA and the Daitapati Nijog at the temple premises here on Thursday.
Briefing newsmen after a meeting with the Daitapati Nijog, chief administrator of the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said the temple managing committee has made it clear that per the report of Justice BK Patra Commission of Inquiry in 1977, there would be no Nabajoubana darshan of the Lords during Nabakalebara this year.
“The temple administration had abided by the order of the Commission during Nabakalebara in 1996,” Mohapatra said.
He said the meeting discussed the ritual timings including the Jala lagi (bathing ritual) of the Lors during Deba Snana Purnima scheduled on June 2. It also discussed about the obstruction of the deities by the devotees during the Snana Purnima.
“Apart from this, the entire proceedings starting from construction of the new idols of the Lords to the Niladri Bije were also discussed at the meeting”, he said.
Talking to the mediapersons, secretary, Daitapati Nijog Premananda Das Mohapatra said the Shankaracharya of Gobardhan Peeth will have a darshan of the Lords at the Snana Mandap on Snana Purnima. However, he would take a decision whether to touch the idols. However, the followers of the Shankaracharya would not be allowed to touch the Idols.
Referring to the Nabajoubana darshan of the Lords, he said as per the decision of the Puri SP and the SJTA, the devotees would be deprived of the Nabajoubana darshan of the Lords inside the temple since there would be a massive rush of devotees.
“Besides, during the Sandhya darshan of the Lords at the Shri Gundicha temple, the devotees will have the darshan of the Lords outside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple”, he said.