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Jagannath Puri set to introduce ticket 'darshan' system for devotees

The free 'darshan' system at Jagannath Temple will remain unaffected

Press Trust of India  |  Puri 

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File photo: Devotees take part in a procession during the 140th annual Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad. Photo: PTI

Devotees at Temple in Puri can now shell out some money to catch a closer glimpse of the deities, without having to push through the crowd.

A ticket system will be introduced for people, who wish to get a 'darshan' (view) of the Trinity after crossing the inner barricade, next to the doorstep of the sanctum sanctorum, a senior member of Temple Administration (SJTA) said.

The free 'darshan' system, however, will remain unaffected, he clarified.

"The managing committee of the 12th-century shrine, under the chairmanship of Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb, has decided to start the ticketing system for 'darshan', at least four times a day, from 'Bhitar Katha'," SJTA Chief Administrator P K Mohapatra told reporters on Monday.

A five-member committee will decide the price of the tickets, 60 per cent of which will be sold online, 35 per cent available at the counters and five per cent to be held by the administration, he said.

Earlier, the SJTA had introduced a queue system at the temple, for disciplined 'darshan'.

Talking about temple donations, the chief administrator said the gold received from the devotees will be deposited in banks under a central government scheme.

The temple will get an interest of 2.5 per cent under the scheme, he added.

First Published: Tue, November 27 2018. 15:50 IST
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