Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jun 26:
Sri Jagannath Sankruti Prachar Samiti (SJSPS), a cultural outfit propagating Jagannath cult today demanded the arrest of Jagannath Swain Mohapatra –mukhya badagrahi of Lord Jagannath (chief body protector of Lord Jagannath’s deity) for making derogatory remarks against Gobardhanpeeth Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati and Puri king Gajapati Maharaj Dibya Singha Deb.
SJSPS members shouted slogans holding placards demanding Swain Mohapatra’s arrest, staged a dharna in front of the Town police station in Odisha’s holy town Puri.
It may be noted here that Swain Mohapatra had said that the advice of the Shankaracharya and Gajapati Maharaj with regard to touching of deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra by devotees was not acceptable.
During a special interview with our sister concern Kanak News, a popular television news channel Swain Mohapatra had even made a controversial statement that people hate Shankaracharya and Gajapati Maharaj.