Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 25:
Collector and SP of Puri will investigate the incident of a woman devotee climbing the Nandighosha,Lord Jagannath’s chariot, in violation of Odisha High Court’s orders issued last year.
In a letter to the district administration, chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Suresh Chandra Mohapatra has asked it to probe the incident.
He has also asked the district administration to ascertain the identity of the woman devotee, who had mounted the chariot on July 20. The image of the woman’s climb has been vividly captured by the CCTV camera.
Besides, Mohapatra has asked to register a criminal case against the woman since she has violated the High Court’s orders.
Notably, the incident occurred on July 20 when the chariots were parked in front of the Sri Gundicha temple.
The SJTA on Wednesday suspended a servitor Artatrana Pratihari and served show-cause notice to Jagannath Swain Mohapatra, Badagrahi of Lord Jagannath, for allegedly allowing a woman onto the chariot of Lord Jagannath on July 20.
Pratihari has been suspended under Section 21-B of the Shree Jagannath Temple Act.
Last year, the High Court had imposed a blanket ban on pilgrims’ access to chariots following the recommendation of Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati.