Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kendrapara, Jun 24:
Members of auto-rickshaw association in Odisha’s district headquarters town of Kendarapara today resorted to a unique protest against the mismanagement in the Lord Jagannath’s ‘Brahma Parivartan’ rituals and alleged daru fixing in the ongoing Nabakalebara festival.
The members today tonsured their heads and took a dip in the Gobari river on the banks of Sujanapur Mangala Temple here after offering Shraddha to the Badagrahis (body protectors of Lords).
Seething with anger, the association members made a beeline to the river bank and performed the rites to register their protest. Clad in dhotis, the traditional attire worn on such occasions, the youth were seen sitting cross-legged on the floor with their heads bent forward.
“We demand the strictest possible action against all those responsible – whether they are administrators, servitors or someone else – for the mess,” said Soumya Ranjan Jena, an office bearer of the association.
Jena’s colleague Madhab Chandra Pradhan demanded that the mobile phones of the Daitapatis, who had carried them inside during the Ghata Parivartan ritual, be scanned and action initiated against them.