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Odisha Hindu scholars’ body against devotees climbing chariots, touching idols


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 17:

The Mukti Mandap Pandit Sabha today said touching deities on the chariots during Rath Yatra in Odisha was against the Shastras.

Touching the idols Rath Yatra In a press release issued today, the Sabha said Shankaracharya’s opinion on climbing of chariots and touching the deities was justified and it was also in consonance with the Record of Rights (ROR).

The views Mukti Mandap Pandit Sabha- the highest erudite body of Hindu scholars in Puri- on issues relatng to Sri Jagannath Temple’s rituals and religious affairs are generally taken to be the final word.

The Daitapatis of the Sri Jagannath temple have been up in arms against the Shankaracharya of Gobardhanpeeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati for terming the act of climbing the chariots and touching the idols by the devotees as mahapaap, or the greatest sin. They say this has been a traditonal practice over centuries and that any move to stop it would result in creating a distance between devotees and the Lords.

While the debate appears to be snowballing into a major confrontation between the Daitapatis and the Shankaracharya ahead of the Rath Yatra, the ambivalent stand taken by the state government in the imbroglio has further complicated matters.


  1. It is absolutely a correct decision taken by Mukti Mandap Mahasabha of Srimandir. All Odias are taking the help of MUKTI MANDAP MAHASABHA and seeking help for practising rituals, whenevrt ambiguities arise therein etc.Hence views of Shankaracharya is backed bythe highest body of Srimandir regarding practice of rituals. Ratha Yatra can not be done at the mercy of some powerful SEVAYATS. Srimandir is meant for the people of the whole world. It is not their personal assets that what they say,have to be obeyed by Govt as well as people. If they go on strike during RATHA YATRA, then let them do. Govt. should arrange PUJAKAS of other MANDIRS of the state to perform PAHANDI and other rituals of lord jagannath during RATHA YATRA.. Monopoly of SEVAYATS can not be tolerated by Odias. We should obey the decision of Shankaracharya in the controversy since he is the main seer of Govardhan Pitha. Sevayats can not challenge the authority of Shankaracharya in religious matter. They should be limited to only SeVAs of Lord Jagannath. PAAP, PUNYA is the decision of Shankaracharya.

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