04 September 2019
Puri: The district administration has decided to continue with the demolition of the fifteenth century 'Bada Akhada' mutt after a round of discussion on Wednesday with the local leaders here was futile. This implies that Bada Akhada mutt shall soon meet the same fate as Emaar Mutt which was partially grounded a few days back.
Collector Balwant Singh said that the seat of the Mahant (Mahant Gaadi) of the Bada Akhada mutt will remain intact and transformed into a resplendent devotional site with overall development. However, the commercial establishments will be removed.
Amidst stiff opposition by the saints and seers on Tuesday, the demolition of Bada Akhada mutt could not be carried out and was deferred. The authorities said that rains also played a spoilsport to the plans.
Today, a delegation led by Puri MLA, Jayant Sarangi met the Collector and apprised him of the concerns of the mutt inmates. However, the district administration will be carrying out the demolition as planned, because the talks were inconclusive.
"We had a good discussion and I elaborated on the security aspect of the temple for which the entire exercise is being undertaken. Besides, we also discussed about the relief and rehabilitation package which has been announced for the affected people," Singh said.
Puri Surakhya Samiti Convener, Damodar Pradhani criticised the eviction drive and said the district administration is showing dictatorial behaviour. He said that the mutt seers should have been properly consulted before any action.
Bada Akhada mutt was established by the Naga Sadhus in 1402. The purpose behind erecting this mutt was to protect the Jagannath Temple from foreign invaders.