KalingaTV News Network
Nayagarh: Tension ran high at the Sri Nilamadhab temple in Kantilo town on Tuesday after gold ornaments of the deities worth over 15 lakhs were found missing from the temple casket.
The discrepancy came to fore while the ‘Puja Panda’ servitors of the temple were busy in preparation to deck up the deity with ‘Suna Besha’ or golden attire. It happens to be a major ritual taking place in the temple on the occasion of the ‘Pausha Purnima’ of Odia calendar every year and carried out in line with the Puri Sri Jagannath Temple.
The temple casket, which is usually kept at the Khandapara treasury, was found empty after being brought to the temple and opened by the servitors for the special occasion.
As the incident took place before the eyes of around 50,000 devotees present at the temple to take a glimpse of the deities with golden attire, tension gripped the temple over theft suspicion. However, the local Tehsildar and police reached the spot and tried to pacify the angry servitors.
Later on the ‘Puja Panda’ servitors sat on a dharna inside the temple protesting the discrepancy for which the ritual was delayed for at least 6 hours.
Meanwhile, the local Tehsildar claimed that the jewelleries might have been misplaced in some other temple’s casket at the treasury. He assured that the difference would be sorted out after an inquiry which is underway.