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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Puri, Jun 9:

There is good news for devotees of Lord Jagannath, the Niti Samanya Committee (ritual coordination committee) of the Shree Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri has this year decided to allow devotees to have darshan (glimpse) of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra on Nabajoubana Darshan day (the day preceding Gundicha Yatra- onward journey part of the Rath Yatra).

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This was announced by the chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Suresh Mohapatra.

Mohapatra made the statement following a decision at the Niti Samanya Committee’s meeting chaired by him here today.

On this day, the Lord after falling sick on taking the grand bath on Debasnana Purnima (the grand bathing ritual of the Lords)gives darshan to his devotees for the first time after remaining inside the Anabasara Griha for 15 days.

Notably, darshan by ordinary devotees on Nabajoubana Day was banned by the SJTA last year which had led severe discontentment among the devotees as well as sevayats (temple servitors).

The Committee in its meeting also finalized the niti nirghanta (timetable for rituals) for the upcoming Debasnana Purnima.

Devotees will not be allowed to touch the deities during the Snana (bath) ritual, said Mohapatra.

Special barricades will be erected for the purpose, he added.

However, sevayats have expressed discontentment over the ban imposed on touching of deities by the devotees.

The Committee meeting was attended by president and secretaries of 11 nijogs (temple servitor bodies).