04 March 2020
Puri: Entry of plastics in any form inside the Jagannath Temple will be strictly restricted with effect from April 1 this year, informed Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Krishan Kumar today.
"We will be imposing restriction on entry of plastics in form into Shree Mandir from April 1. Before imposing the restriction we will request the Collector to have a meeting with all stakeholders for deciding on alternatives for keeping prasad, deepas, etc. and work out an action plan," said Kumar after chairing a meeting of the Chhattisanijog (the federal body of servitor bodies of the temple).
Kumar further said that it was decided at the meeting to impose a fine of Rs 500 on anyone found spitting in the temple premises after chewing betel, pan masala, etc.
An order in this regard will be issued today, he added.
The Chief Administrator, however, maintained that awareness will be created and the decision to impose penalty has been done to instill a sense of fear.
Kumar further informed that many more reforms are on the anvil.
"First we are going to stop the auction of shops selling deepas (earthen oil lamps). After that, we will be fixing standards like the use of OMFED's pure ghee for use in deepas. Further, these shops will be relocated in a beautiful manner. I am hopeful that in the coming days whatever difficulties are there inside the temple we will be resolving together," the Chief Administrator revealed.
He said that at the meeting it was also decided to streamline the rituals of the Lords for timely completion of Mendhapodi and Dola Purnima on February 8 and 9 respectively and prevent reoccurrence of difficulties faced in previous years.