Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Mar 28:
In an apparent expression of resentment by servitors of Shree Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri over being defamed due to the Niladri Bije fiasco incident last year, the Shree Jagannath Sevayat Sammilani has put up posters at several paces of the pilgrim town urging the sevayats to boycott the Rath Yatra coordination meeting this year.
It has been mentioned in the posters that the district administration defamed the sevayat fraternity over the Niladri Bije issue last year.
It was further mentioned that the incident hampered the reputation of the servitors’ community globally.
It may be recalled that some servitors had an altercation with Puri Collector during the Niladri Bije rituals last year when he confronted them after the servitors and their kin alighted from the Taladhwaja chariot, in clear violation of High Court and Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) orders. The incident had led to a delay in the conduct of rituals and pahandi of Lord Sudarshan.