Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 14:
With the rituals of Lord Lingaraj in Odisha’s capital city affected for third consecutive day, the state government has called for a meeting to resolve the crisis.
The meeting will be presided over by the top officials of the Endowment Commission to break the deadlock.
Earlier in the day, the resenting servitors resorted to road blockade and burning of tyres. The agitating servitors are on a dharna in front of the shrine demanding early resolution of the internal feud over rituals.
Since last three days, daily temple rituals of the Lord Lingraj are on hold as the two groups of servitors, who have a disagreement over some rituals of the Lord, are non cooperative even after a meeting held yesterday.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Suresh Routray, has blamed the Odisha government for failing to find a solution. He has said if immediate steps are not taken, then the agitation might intensify.
The issue is a tussle between Khuntia and Malia servitors in the Kapileshwar Temple over ‘Handi Bhanga’ ritual of Lord Lingaraj.
Every year, the during the next Saturday after Shivratri festival Lord Lingaraj visits Kapileswar temple and returns after being worshipped there.
Members of two priest groups in Lingaraj Temple refused to do the rituals this year resulting in no ‘Handi Bhanga’ yatra being performed this year.