Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, June 24:
The High Court today served notices on the Odisha government and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on the issue of the chaos and mismanagement during the Brahma parivartan of the deities at the Shree Mandir recently.
The High Court issued notices to the state chief secretary, Law department secretary and chief administrator of SJTA in the matter and asked them to respond within two weeks.
The court issued the notices responding to a petition filed by a social activist Umashankar Patnaik stating that the bungling during the Brahma parivartan ritual of the presiding deities of Shree Mandir had hurt the religious feelings of the people of Odisha. The petitioner has prayed for a judicial inquiry into the incident and severe punishment to the wrongdoers.
In a related development, the SJTA today filed its reply in the High Court on the issue of banning of the darshan for the public on the Nabajoubana darshan day (the day before the Gundicha Yatra).
The SJTA, in its reply, has said that it is not possible to allow such a large number of devotees to have darshan on Nabajoubana darshan day since the next day is the Nabakalebara Rath Yatra and 36 rituals of the Lords are to be undertaken before that.
Since this is the Nabakalebara year, the administration expects a crowd of 50 lakh in Puri on the Rath Yatra day.
The SJTA said Nabajoubana darshan being a parimanika darshan (paid darshan), it’s not possible to allow so many devotees to have Nabajoubana darshan since it will affect the rituals of the Lords.
On June 10, the SJTA had decided to ban darshan of the deities on Nabajoubana darshan day in view of the expected huge crowd of devotees and delay in rituals thereof.