Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, June 21:
The statements of four Badagrahis (body protectors) in connection with the inordinate delay and indiscipline in the Brahma parivartan ritual of the presiding deities of Odisha’s holy town Puri were recorded today, informed chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Suresh Chandra Mohapatra.
Mohapatra said Vidyapati and Biswabasu of the Banajaga Yatra team and the president and secretary of Daitapati Nijog have been asked to appear on June 23 to record their statements on the issue.
He said action will be taken after studying the statements and clarified that action will be taken as per provisions of section 21(A) of the Shri Jagannath Temple Act, 1954.
Earlier, in the day, the four Badagrahis- Nabakishore Pati Mohapatra of Lord Sudarshan, Jagannath Swain Mohapatra of Lord Jagannath, Haladhar Das Mohapatra of Lord Balabhadra and Ramachandra Das Mohapatra recorded their statements before the chief administrator SJTA at the temple administration office.
The first to record his statement before the chief administrator was Badagrahi of Lord Sudarshan Nabakishore Pati Mohapatra, who recorded his statement in the afternoon. Later the other three Badagrahis recorded their statements in person.
The SJTA chief administrator had served individual notices to nine persons including the four Badagrahis to record their statements before him on the issue.
“It’s true that the ritual was delayed. But it’s not appropriate to take Jagannath culture to such low. Whosoever is at fault will be punished, whoever he is, the matter is being probed will be certainly punished. I have done the Brahma Parivartan. I have had the darshan of the Brahma. I am telling the truth other than four of us no fifth person has entered into it. It was a very trivial issue, some useless persons are making false statements to get publicity in the media,” told Jagannath Swain Mohapatra Badagrahi of Lord Jagannath to reporters after recording his statement before the chief administrator.
“We had entered the temple premises around 8.30. The ghata parivartan of the Lords was completed around 2. I was supposed to do the ghata parivartan but due to the indiscipline that took place for a while inside the temple I was mentally hurt and my elder brother did it. The truth will definitely come out,” said Badagrahi of Lord Sudarshan Nabakishore Pati Mohapatra who was almost hounded by the media after he came of the office after recording his statement.