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Puri Heritage Corridor: Plans Afoot To Develop Place For 5,000 To Have Mahaprasad Together


04 February 2020

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government jointly with the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) is planning to develop a seating place in Puri so that 5,000 persons can have Mahaprasad together.

"We are trying to make arrangements so that at least 5,000 persons can have Mahaprasad sitting together," informed SJTA Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar here today.

Kumar said, “One of the key concerns of the government is to ensure a decent supply of Mahaprasad to devotees when they visit Puri in large numbers to have darshan of the Lords.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting on the development of the heritage corridor in Puri with different stakeholders, Kumar informed that they target to come up with the final plan on the heritage corridor latest by the first week of April this year.

While informing that so far they have received 231 emails containing suggestions with regard to the heritage corridor, the Chief Administrator added that this apart inputs are being taken from the former temple managing committee members, current members, researchers, etc before finalising the plan.

Kumar said that today's meeting on the heritage corridor was attended by various stakeholders which included Chairman of the Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee Gajapati Maharaj Dibya Singha Deb, representatives of the servitors of the temple, renowned persons who are connected to the temple.

He revealed that micro planning will be undertaken for integrating Sahis (enclaves) surrounding the temple to ensure that movement of the residents of these Sahis are smooth and they do not face problems.

The Chief Administrator clarified that keeping with the  tradition Rath Yatra will start from the front of the Singhadwar as usual.

He said discussions were also held at today's meeting on maintaining the sanctity of ritual paths for smooth conduct of rituals of various Gods and Goddesses connected with the temple.

"Opinions have been taken from all stakeholders on this account so that rituals can be conducted as usual," he added. 

Krishan Kumar, Chief Administrator, SJTA, Puri

Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, Chairman, Sri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee

Ram Chandra Das Mohapatra, Member, Sri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee