Puri priests discuss with CM on SC order over Srimandir affairs

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Supreme Court’s order to implement the recommendations of Puri court for better management of Srimandir has invited mixed reactions from various quarters, a team of 22-servitors from Puri Sri Jagannath temple today discussed with CM Naveen Patnaik at his residence on Srimadnir reforms and the apex court order.

The team which was accompanied by Puri MP Pinaki Mishra and local MLA and Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty also submitted a memorandum with four- point charter of demands.

On the proposal of Supreme Court to allow non-Hindus into the shrine, the servitors said that they will oppose the move.

“Our stand will not be positive on the proposal of non-Hindu entry into temple. There should be no debate and controversy over Srimandir affairs. Issue of abolition of hereditary system of service by sevayats is still limited to discussion only. We have put forth four demands before CM Naveen Patnaik and he assured us to take the popularity of Puri to new height,” said Ramchandra Singhari, President of Singhari Nijog who was a part of the team.

Similarly, MP Pinaki Mishra, who is also a Supreme Court lawyer, said hereditary service tradition is very hard to be abolished.

“The Supreme Court has not heard the petition of the servitors. Without hearing their petition, he court has passed certain interim orders. The servitors’ body will consult Gajapati Maharaj, Sankaracharya and will prepare a report which will be submitted to Supreme Court. The next hearing will be held on 5th September hearing,” Mishra added.


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