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Donation boxes to be installed on chariots during Ratha Jatra in Odisha’s Puri

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Puri: Imposing restriction on collection of offerings/donations by sevayats from devotees during the Ratha Jatra in Odisha’s Puri this year, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today decided to install Hundis (donation boxes) on three chariots of Lord Jagannath and his siblings.

“The temple servitors have been asked not to receive donation from pilgrims/devotees while being on chariots during the Ratha Jatra. The temple administration will install a total of 12 hundis on the three chariots, inside which the devotees can drop their donations,” said SJTA Chief Administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.

This apart, six hundis will be installed at the Gundicha Temple by the SJTA during the stay of the deities at the temple.

Worth mentioning, the Supreme Court had recently directed the temple administrator to “ensure that no direct collection of the offerings is made by any Sevaks and all the offerings either in hundi or are deposited and accounted for and properly utilized.”

Also read: Puri Jagannath Temple servitors receiving offering despite SC order.