Puri: The Suar and Mahasuar servitors of the Sri Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri staged dharna demanding compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the losses due to Mahaprasad remaining unsold yesterday as it could not be offered to the deities owing to delay in rituals.
The temple rituals got delayed yesterday as the concerned Palia servitor, who was scheduled to perform puja, failed to turn up due to illness. This led to delay in the ritual series as the Orissa High Court had recently permitted implementation of one of the recommendations of the Justice BP Das Commission on Srimandir Reforms that none other than the servitors, who have rituals to perform inside the Garbha Gruha (Sanctum Sanctorum), be allowed beyond the Bhitara Katha.
The mahaprasad bhog could not be offered to the deities due to the delay and remained as ‘Amhunia Mahaprasad’, following which the Suar and Mahasuar servitors staged dharna near the temple last night demanding compensation of Rs 50 lakh from the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) for the losses.
The servitors have also threatened not to prepare mahaprasad today in the case of non-fulfillment of their demand.
Meanwhile, the ‘Amhunia Mahaprasad’ was today buried at Koili Baikuntha as per rituals.
On the other hand, SJTA Chief Administrator Pradeep Jena has requested the servitors to cooperate in smooth conduct of the temple rituals.