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Finally, 'Mahaprasad' Available In Puri Srimandir Anand Bazaar After Days-Long Deadlock

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20 April 2018


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Puri: After a tense and controversial situation that prevailed in the Jagannath Temple premises here since April 16 following irregularities in temple rituals and the protest launched by sulking sebayats (temple servitors), anxious devotees on Friday heaved a sigh of relief as they had access to the much-sought-after 'Mahaprasad' at the Anand Bazaar after four days of its closure and non-availability.

When the ASI-repaired Jagamohana within the Srimandir was opened to the devotees on the April 16 (Monday) this week as had been strictly ordered by Orissa High Court, irregularities in the temple rituals erupted on the day.

Also the deities were shockingly made to go hungry and the issue not only hurt the sentiments of millions of devotees worldwide, but also rocked the Odisha Assembly and the House had to be adjourned consecutively for two days.

Even the Orissa High Court made it clear on Thursday that its verdict has been misinterpreted and smooth conduct of the temple daily rituals is the sole responsibility of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and the State Government.

In her reactions, a visibly elated woman devotee said, “For the last four days, devotees were in an extremely sad mood. Today’s development has made everyone happy.”

A male devotee from Rajasthan said, “I’m here with my old mother and entire family for darshan of the deities. It’s our good luck that we are getting the Prasad today.”

A woman devotee from Berhampur said, “Such unfortunate development for the last 4-5 days had hurt the sentiments of the devotees. But, today all is well and we feel very happy and relaxed.”

On the other hand, Biswavasu senior Daitapati Sebayat Binayak Das Mohapatra in his reactions said, “The way the indiscipline took place on April 16 and 17 here in Lord Jagannath’s temple, Sebayats (temple servitors) are in no way responsible for that. The temple administration had imposed restriction on the servitors. But, yesterday the High Court made it clear. Soon after the Court’s clarification, the Suaras and Mahasuaras today wholeheartedly resumed their job of cooking and preparing Mahaprasad. All devotees availed it and the rituals of the deities are being solemnized normally.”

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Also Read: Deities In Puri Srimandir Weren't Hungry, Only Rituals Were Delayed: Odisha Law Minister In Assembly

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Binayak Das Mohapatra, Senior Servitor, Srimandir, Puri