Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jun 27:
Millions of devotees of Lord Jagannath, spread across Odisha and beyond, who had thought they had heard the last of fissures among servitors and bungling in rituals connected with the Nabakalebara, were in for a rude shock on Saturday when the Trayodasaha Mahotsav of the now buried idols in Shri Jagannath temple was delayed by nearly three hours because of a dispute between the Daitapati Nijog and Suara Mahasuara Nijog.
The rituals were eventually concluded after the Suara Mahasuara Nijog prepared Mahaprasad and distributed it among the sadhus inside the Srimandir premises in the evening.
The dispute arose when the Suara Mahasuara Nijog refused to prepare Mahaprasad for the Daitapatis, causing a delay in the preparation of the Mahaprasad.
Sources in the temple said the Daitapati Nijog had organised the Mahotsav and made arrangements for 100 pots of Mahaprasad to be distributed among more than 10,000 sadhus inside the temple premises.
Trouble started in the morning when the Suara Mahasuara Nijog told the Daitapati Nijog that it would only prepare the Mahaprasad meant for the rituals of the temple and not for the Daitapati Nijog.
This resulted in the delay in the rituals by nearly three hours as the Suara Mahasuara Nijog stuck to its decision.
Later, the president and secretary of Daitapati Nijog had a meeting with the Suara Mahasuara Nijog. Besides, the Niti Prasasak of the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration also had a meeting with the Suara Mahasuara Nijog.
After a prolonged meeting, the Suara Mahasuara Nijog agreed to prepare Mahaprasad considering the sentiments of the devotees.
“We had decided to prepare Mahaprasad for the Mahotsav as per the decision taken by the temple administration in consultation with the Daitapati Nijog at a meeting on June 25. However, some Daitapatis engaged the supakaras for preparation of Mahaprasad and created distrust among the members of the Suara Mahasuara Nijog. However, the issue was amicably solved,” said Suara Mahasuara Nijog secretary Krushna Chandra Samantara.