Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jun 24:
Rattled by the statewide uproar over the gross deviation from time-honoured tradition during the Brahma Parivartan rituals of the deities by Daitapati servitors in Puri, the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and the Odisha government, appear to have found a fall guy in the Sudarshan Badagrahi.
Instead of taking action against the erring Daitapatis responsible for the incident, the SJTA has gone after the Sudarshan Badagrahi Nabakishore Pati Mohapatra, who had spilled the beans about the unsavoury happenings on the fateful day of Brahma Parivaratn to the media.This has suited the pampered Daitas just fine with all of them clamouring for ‘action’ against Pati Mohapatra.
While the president of Daitapati Nijog Premananda Das Mohapatra, in a media briefing yesterday, questioned the authority of the Sudarshan Badagrahi to reveal the details of Brahma Parivartan to the people outside, SJTA chief adminstrator Suresh Mohapatra, who had earlier sought the opinion of the Sudarshan Badagrahi, served a notice to him on Tuesday to explain why he had sent his brother Debaraj Pati Mohapatra to perform the Brahma Parivartan instead of doing it himself without informing the temple administration.
The conspiracy hatched by the temple administration in collusion with a group of Daitapati servitors against the Sudarshan Badagrahi is a clear indication that the order of chief minister for a transparent probe into the incident was nothing more than an ‘eyewash’, sources said.
It may be mentioned that the Sudarshan Badagrahi, in his sensational revelation, had informed the media that the Brahma Parivartan of the deities was completed only at about 2 PM on June 16. Stating that about 40 Daitapatis had barged into the temple premises with mobile phones, he had threatened to resort to an agitation if the temple administration failed to conduct a proper investigation into the incident.
A day after his media briefing, the Sudarshan Badagrahi received threat from a group of Daitapati servitors. Protesting the threat, he left the temple. However, he came back again following the request by the Daitapati Nijog.
The incident has brought to the fore not just the widening rift among the Daitapatis but also the double standards of the temple administration.
The temple administration, which has served show cause notice to Sudarshan Badagrahi asking him to explain why he had not informed about the Brahma Parivartan performed by his brother, had clearly stated in its earlier notice asking him to perform the Brahma Parivartan of Lord Sudrashan that the Badagrahis have the discretion to nominate any senior Daitapati and hand over the Brahma Parivartan responsibility to him.
In his reaction, the Sudarshan Badagrahi said he had not done anything wrong as service to Lord Sudarshan is his and his family’s traditional profession.
“I was shattered at the unseemly fight between Daitapatis on that day and was in no mental condition to perform the ritual. Therefore, I had expressed my inability to perform the Brahma Parivartan and had sent my brother to perform the secret rituals. I had slept under the Mukti Mandap. However, I suddenly woke up following loud sounds and found over 40 Daitapati servitors forcing their way into the Anasara Pindi. Thinking that the Brahma Parivartan of the deities are over, I too went into the Anasara Pindi but found that some rituals were still to be performed. To complete the rituals at the earliest possible, I took part in the rituals,” he said.
“I will give a fitting reply to the temple administration that has served show cause notice on me,” he added.