Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, June 19:
Aware of the mounting criticism from all quarters for its (mis)management of the Nabakalebara rituals, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), the Odisha government’s arm looking after the affairs of the Lord Jagannath temple, today sought to create an impression of acting tough by serving show cause notices on nine persons, including the four Badagrahis, for the inordinate delay in the Brahma parivartan ritual of the Lords.
“We have served notices on nine persons, including the four badagrahis, the Deulakaran, Tadaukaran and the three Biswakarma servitors. They will have to explain the inordinate delay in the completion of the Brahma Parivartan ritual. Since it is a secret ritual and no outsider is allowed in, only those present inside at the time can explain what exactly happened. We will record their statements individually and come to a conclusion on who was responsible for the delay. We will take very severe action against whoever is found responsible,” SJTA chief administrator Suresh Mohapatra said here.
It may be noted that the badagrahi of Lord Balabhadra and the dalapati (team leader) Haladhara Das Mohapatra has already submitted in writing his version of the events to the SJTA. In his submission, the senior Daitapati has held a group of servitors, who insisted on going into the anasara pindi, responsible for the delay in Brahma Parivartan.