Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 20:
The Gajapati Maharaja of Puri, Dibyasingh Deb today made it clear that the Odisha government has no right to interfere in the religious affairs of the Shree Jagannath Temple and the rituals associated with it.
“As per the Shree Mandir At, 1955 and Articles 25 & 26 of the Indian Constitution, the government has no business interefrring in religious affairs of the temple,” Deb said addressing media persons here this afternoon.
“What the government is doing is completely wrong. It must carry out the direction issued by the Puri Shankaracharya in the matter of devotees climbing the chariots and touching the deities during the Rath Yatra, he said.”
The opinion of Gajapati Maharaj assumes in the context of the raging controversy over the issue.
“Climbing the chariots and touching the deities does not have the sanction of the religious scriptures. The Shankaracharya has given his opinion in the matter after going through the scriptures and consulting experts and all stakeholders and his view should be accepted by all concerned, including the government,” the Gajapati king said.
He expressed the hope that the state government would abide by the ruling of the Odisha High Court given today.