04 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Presiding deity of the Temple City, Lord Lingaraj's rituals which were stalled over a dispute between two sects of servitors, resumed today evening.
The daily rituals of Lord Lingaraj were restored after the Brahman Nijog and Puja Panda Nijog got an assurance from the Commissioner of Endowments about settlement of the dispute.
The Brahman and Puja Panda Nijog alleged that that the Badu Nijog of the shrine illegally occupied Lord Lingaraj’s land and began construction work on the property.
Meanwhile, Endowment authorities have directed Badu Nijog to stop construction work on the land that belongs to Lord Lingaraj.
“Stop and not to proceed any construction work over the disputed land pertaining to Khata No. 437, Chaka No. 81, Plot No. 118 measuring Ac.2.630 decimal until finalisation of enquiry over the matter by the Assistant Commissioner of Endowments, Bhubaneswar,” the Inspector of Endowments stated in an order addressed to Badu Nijog Samiti Secretary Kamala Kanta Badu.
Apart from the daily rituals, Lord Lingaraj was not offered food since Tuesday owing to the protest by the Brahman Nijog and Puja Panda Nijog. The devotees and servitors heaved a sigh of relief after resumption of the rituals.