04 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Rituals at Lord Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar have been stalled since yesterday following a dispute between servitors over ownership of a piece of temple land causing the Lord to go without food for over 20 hours.
The Brahmana and Pujapanda Nijogs have alleged that the Badu Nijog has illegally constructed a building on the land belonging to the 11th century shrine near Gangua River Bed.
The alleging servitors have been staging protest since yesterday demanding the temple and local administration to take immediate possession of the land as it belongs to Lord Lingaraj.
However, the Badu Nijog has refuted the allegations claiming that the land does not belong to the temple. It has got the ownership of the land from the temple administration through mutation way back in 1914.
On the other hand, Chief Executive Officer of Lingaraj Temple Trust Board, Pradip Kumar Sahu, has asserted that the land belongs to Lord Lingaraj and same has been mentioned in the official documents and even on the Bhulekh website.