Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jun 27:
With the Brahma Parivartan of the idols in Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri having already triggered protests across Odisha, the startling revelation by the suspended Daitapati Kashinath Das Mohapatra that no less than nine Daitapatis had touched the Brahma of the Lords on June 16 is bound to cause fresh outrage.
“Along with me, the secretary of the Daitapati Nijog and seven Daitapatis touched the Brahma of the Lords inside the Anasara Pindi. I felt a sensation in my body after I touched the Brahma”, Kasinath told media persons on Friday.
Giving details of the events, the suspended Daitapati said no Daitapati except the Badagrahis had watched the secret rituals of the Lords.
“Before the beginning of the secret ritual, I, along with the four Badagrahis and four senior Daitapatis, went inside the Anarasa Gruha. As soon as the secret ritual began, the four Badagrahis remained inside the Anarasa Gruha while five Daitapatis including myself waited outside. The four Badagrahis called us 15 minutes after the ritual was completed. There, we had a darshan of the Brahma and touched it,” he informed.
As per the Record of Rights of the temple, it is only the Pati Mohapatra sevaks who have the right to touch the Brahma, bathe it and offer them bhoga while the other Daitapatis can only have the darshan of the Brahma Putuli.
However, the statement of Kashinath Das Mohapatra that nine Daitapatis had touched the Brahma has further exposed the gross violation in the Brahma Parivartan rituals.
Besides, his statement also contradicts the statement of the three Badagrahis—Jagannath Swain Mohapatra, Haladhar Das Mohapatra and Ramachandra Das Mohapatra –that there had been no irregularities during the Brahma Parivatan ritual, which had only been delayed.
On the other hand, secretary of Daitapati Nijog Premananda Das Mohapatra has blamed the Vidyapati Narasingha Pati Mohapatra for the entire mess in Brahma Parivartan.
“While the temple administration had asked him to perform Brahma Sansthapan, he had handed over the ritual to his brother Debaraj Pati Mohapatra, which triggered dispute among the servitors,” he said.
Referring to the press meet of the three Badagrahis, he said they had not informed the Nijog about the press meet.
“We will have a meeting with them to discuss the issue and will convene a press meet after the trayodasaha (13th day) of the buried Lords where we will bring other facts to the limelight”, he added.