Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 26:
Reacting to the statements of the Daitapatis that the Brahma Parivartan of the Lords inside Shri Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri was delayed because the Biswakarma Maharanas failed to finish the carving of the new idols in time, the irate Biswakarma Maharanas on Thursday said the delay was due to Daitapatis giving them contradictory instructions on the making of the idols.
Appearing before Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), the three chief Biswakarmas of Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath chariots— Narasingh Mohapatra, Krushna Chandra Maharana and Bijya Mohapatra respectively— and eight other Biswakarmas claimed that there had been no delay in the carving of the idols of the Lords.
Talking to the media later, the Biswakarmas said the SJTA which interrogated them for about 10-12 minutes, did not ask them about the allegations they had made earlier.
“We had informed the SJTA earlier that the selection of daru by the Daitapatis for the carving of the idols was wrong. The size and quality of the daru was not right as some portions were found hollow with cracks. We had to exchange some portions of the daru of the other Lords for carving of the new idols. We had found the defects in the daru at the time of carving the idols at the Karma Kutira inside the Koili Baikuntha of the temple. This resulted in the delay in finishing the carving of the idols. Despite this, we had finished the carving of the idols by 11 PM on June 15, a day before the Brahma Parivartan of the Lords,” the Biswakarmas said.
They however, said that the SJTA skirted the issue during interrogation.