Bhubaneswar: Several photos of Jagamohan and sanctum sanctorum of Sri Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri are doing the rounds on social media raising questions over security arrangements at the 12th-century shrine.
One Sadanand Sharma had uploaded these photos on Facebook on September 25, 2016 which have gone viral on the social networking site.
According to the Facebook post, the photos were taken at the time of Rath Yatra during “scientific investigation” inside the temple to sort out the problems of ventilation and humidity inside the Jagamohan and sanctum sanctorum.
On the other hand, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator Pradeep Jena informed that Sadanand Sharma, a staff of Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad, who had cooperated in the repairing work of the sanctum sanctorum, posted the photos on Facebook. He has apologized for the incident, Jena said, adding that discussion is being held with the managing committee for legal action against Sharma.
“I apologize to all the devotees of the temple Shree Lord Jagannath Puri for the posting of photographs on Facebook. I am extremely sorry for intervening in this issue. I was unaware about the sensitivity of the conservative matter,” Sharma said in a apology letter to SJTA, a copy of which is in possession of Odisha Sun Times.
“I was associated with the temple project and had gone there for the purpose of improving the condition of the temple. I had no bad intention in this. Once again I sincerely make an apology to all my friends, temple administration Puri, media and the local people. I also assure that such incident will not be repeated in future. I have already deleted the contents that was there on the facebook,” the letter read.
The incident comes couple of months after a selfie by a woman from West Bengal inside the temple had gone viral on Facebook in a similar manner.
Worth mentioning, carrying of cameras and video recording devices inside the temple are prohibited.