Thousands of devotees at the 12th-century Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri on Friday had to return disappointed after waiting for hours as the priests refused to open the gates following a confrontation with the police.
The police personnel at the main gate stopped them as they suspected them to be non-Hindus, officials said.
According to the custom, only Hindus can enter the temple.
Agitated at the police action, the priests closed down the temple gates for 14 hours, causing disappointment to thousands of devotees.
The temple was however, open on Saturday.
The Supreme Court has asked the temple administration to implement some of the reform measures by January 1, next year.
In 2006, a Swiss citizen Elizabeth Jigler, who had donated Rs 1.78 crore to the temple donation box, was denied entry as she was a Christian.
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