Odisha: Jagannath Temple remained shut for several hours due to strife between priests and the Police

According to the customs of the 900-year-old temple, only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple. Back in 1984, even Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was not allowed to enter the temple as she had married a Parsi.

The Jagannath Temple in Puri remained shut for around 14 hrs on Friday due to confrontation between police and the priests. Thousands of devotees had to return without darshan as the priest refused to open the gates of the temple.

The tussle took places between the priests and the police when a priest named Bhawani Shankar tried to take three people inside the temple on Thursday evening. They were stopped by the police personnel at the main gate on the suspicion of being non-Hindus, officials said.

According to the customs of the 900-year-old temple, only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple. Back in 1984, even Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was not allowed to enter the temple as she had married a Parsi. Similarly in 2006, a Swiss citizen, Elizabeth Ziegler who had made donations worth Rs 1.78 crore was denied entry for being Christian.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

The gates of the temple were opened after meeting took place between the priests and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and the SJTA assured the priests of strict against the police personnel if they were found to be at fault. “We had taken up the matter with the SJTA after the police assaulted a sevayat (servitor) yesterday. We had demanded action against the police the basis of the CCTV footage. But they did not listen to our demands. So we had closed the doors of the main temple and decided not to perform any rituals of the deities till our demands are met,” said Sambit Muduli, a sevayat.

Odisha Law Minister Pratap Jena said that the state government was keeping a watch on the developments in the temple. Two complaints are reported to be filed by the priests and the police at the Singhdwara police station.


Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Most read articles recently

Pakistan quotes The Quint, Karan Thapar and Praveen Swami to brand Kulbhushan Jadhav as a ‘RAW spy’ at ICJ

Pakistan quoted several articles published in Indian to present its case during Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at the International Court of Justice
How Ravish Kumar and Vinod Dua misled people about ‘martyr status’ to CRPF jawans after Pulwama attack

How Ravish Kumar and Vinod Dua misled people about ‘martyr status’ to CRPF jawans

Ravish Kumar of NDTV is a man known for many lows. But this may well be his lowest point.
Image Source: The Week

Mandya: Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj attends funeral of Pulwama martyr, villagers expose his hypocrisy towards Armed Forces

Prakash Raj, a left wing ideologue, who is often known for joining hands with the left-liberals to express their hate towards Hindus and the BJP, has plans to contest in the upcoming elections from Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency.

The Hindu not only cropped the Rafale dissent note, but also had digitally manipulated it

Comparison of Hindu document with ANI document shows that Hindu had doctored the Rafale dissent note

Kavita Krishnan uses 4 year old photograph to claim PM Narendra Modi was laughing after Pulwama attack

Using a old photo, Kavita Krishna claimed the Modi was having fun at election rallies after Pulwama attack

Imran Khan’s deranged statement on Pulwama terror attack tailor-made to appeal to Indian ‘liberal’ sensibilities

In his statement on the Pulwama terror attack, Imran Khan claimed that his country had nothing to gain from attacking India. Apart from that, he threatened India with retaliation should the Indian Army decide to attack Pakistan.

Pakistan minister says ‘bells won’t toll in temples’, he forgets, India is the land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Federal Minister for Pakistani Railways, commented that should anyone look at Pakistan in a negative manner, then "the eyes will be ripped out, the grass will not grow, the birds will not chirp and the bells won't toll in Temples."
Image Source: Swarajya

Ten things India must do to stop being a soft state

India is overly defensive. Despite its massive economic and military power, it does not respond to grave provocations (26/11, for example). It does not retaliate when attacked. It tolerates countless attacks on its citizens and affronts to its prestige.
Article 370

Article 370 must go: BJP can’t pussyfoot any longer

So what is this Article 370 which allows J&K to function much against the national (or for that matter, it’s own) interests?
Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal was martyred with 3 other soldiers in Pulwama during an encounter

A teary adieu to Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal: Married only last year, he made the ultimate sacrifice so we can live

Major Dhoundiyal along with three soldiers was killed in an encounter with terrorists in Pulwama district.

Latest articles

Connect with us

137,574FansLike
110,652FollowersFollow
23,216SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these