Odisha: Process to open 4 gates of Puri Srimandir begins

Puri: The process for opening of the four doors of the Srimandir, the famous Lord Jagannath temple in the holy city of Puri in Odisha has begun.

As per reports, a meeting was held yesterday in this connection under the chairmanship of Puri District Collector Siddharth Shankar Swain. Today, the development administrator of the shrine and the police personnel visited the site. A committee has been formed to take the final decision in this regard.

On the other hand the chariot construction work for the upcoming Rath Yatra 2024 is going on at the Ratha yard on the grand road of Puri.

The demand for opening the four doors has been brewing since long. Earlier in July 20, 2023 the demands of opening all the four entry doors of the Puri Jagannath Temple for the visitors had been intensified.

According to reports, the devotees will enter the temple through three doors. Devotees will enter through the south, west and Singha (main) doors and exit through the north door, is the demand.

Back then a decision was to be taken in this regard within two to three days the then District Magistrate Sarkar Burma had informed.

The first phase of assessment by the district administration and police administration for the entry of devotees through the west door had been done. A barricade had also been erected for this purpose.

Initially, it is being considered by the administration to allow only the residents of Puri to enter through the west door by showing their identity cards. Plans are also underway to provide car parking and storage facilities near the west door.

It is worth mentioning that, Puri district Lawyers Association had also demanded for opening the four gates of the temple. The association further demanded that all four gates of the Puri Jagannath Temple should be opened for the trouble-free viewing of the divine trinity by all the devotees.

Later on July 24 the Paschima Dwara (west side door) of Puri Jagannath temple had been opened but only for the local people of Puri said reports.

The Puri district administration has decided to reopen the Paschima Dwara of the Jagannath Temple for the residents of Puri city only. The Puri district sub-collector back then said that the Paschima Dwara has been opened only for the local residents.

The people of the holy city of Puri however need to produce their ID cards before entering the 12th century shrine. The district administration’s decision to re-open the Paschima Dwara for residents of pilgrim city from July 24 was taken a day after noted international sand artist and member of Temple Management Committee Sudarshan Pattnaik wrote a letter to the Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb demanding opening of Ratna Bhandar (Treasure-trove) and all doors of the Puri Jagannath temple.

Earlier it is worth mentioning that, the devotees, the servitors and even some of the politicians had demanded to reopen the doors of the temple. Notably, all doors of the temple were closed during the COVID pandemic. Later, the devotees were allowed to enter into the temple only through one gate (Singhadwara) while other three entrances continued to be shut.

Due to this, the devotees have to wait for long hours in serpentine queues to enter the temple and get a glimpse of the holy trinity.

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