SC’s suggestion for reforms in Puri Srimandir: Servitors meet Odisha CM

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Bhubaneswar: A 22-member delegation of Chhatisa Nijog Sevayats of the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence here today. They met Patnaik over suggestions made by the Supreme Court for reformation of the temple.

Puri MP Pinaki Mishra and Puri MLA Maheshwar Mohanty were present during the meeting.

“Permitting every visitor irrespective of his faith to offer respects and to make offerings to deities in the temple is a mass issue and further discussion in this regard shouldn’t be done as it will only complicate the issue. We urged the Chief Minister to keep the tradition and culture of the temple intact,” said President of Singhari Nijog, Ramchandra Singhari while speaking to reporters.

“We will present our stand in the Supreme Court,” he added.

Speaking about the issue the Parliamentarian said that the centuries-old hereditary system of worship at the Srimandir has not been properly communicated to the court.

“The three-member committee constituted by the Odisha Government needs to be apprised about the system so that it could furnish a proper report in the court,” Mishra said adding “The opinion of Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb and other concerned persons should be taken into account and a report in this regard be submitted in Supreme Court.”

The MP further said, “The next hearing in the court is scheduled to be held on September 5. In the meantime, the servitors can keep their views before amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium, who will visit Puri.”

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