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VHP opposes entry on non-Hindus into Srimandir

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today strongly opposed the entry of people of non-Hindus into the Shree Temple in and said it would file a review petition in to reconsider its proposal on this, Odisha VHP top leader said today.

The organisation's state working Badrinath Patnaik told that Gajapati and Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati should be consulted before taking any step in the temple.

Presently only Hindus are allowed entry into the 12th century shrine, also known as the Sri Mandir.

The also did not accept the apex court's proposal of abolishing the hereditary servitor tradition in the Shree temple.

Patnaik said, "The will be urged to maintain its existing stand to this effect failing which we will file a review petition in a higher bench of the Supreme Court."

The had directed the temple management to consider allowing all visitors, irrespective of their faith to offer prayers to the deity.

The top court had also said that allowing every visitor into the temple will be subject to regulatory measures regarding dress code and giving an appropriate declaration.

Insisting that the Puri Gajapati and the Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth in Puri should be consulted before taking any step in the temple, he said "How can anyone deny the basic rights of a servitor? The temple records of rights and the Shree Act protect the rights of servitors serving at the temple since generations."

said the state government is yet to receive the order.

On the entry of the non-Hindus into the Jagannath temple, Jena said this is a "proposal" given by the apex court. The will take its decision after a unanimous conclusion is arrived at on the issue.

We will examine the content of the order after getting a copy of it. The will take a decision after the apex court gives the final verdict," he said.

Stating that the state government is keen on reforms in the Jagannath temple, Jena said that if necessary the government will amend the Act, 1954.

told a press conference here that stopping the servitors' hereditary practice is difficult and if done, would create chaos. Earlier, Puri had suggested to the Supreme Court to stop the of the servitors.

Stating that the hereditary service of the servitors is clearly mentioned in section 15 clause 1 of Shree Jagannath Temple Act, 1952, he wondered why the general, who was representing the state government at the time of the submission of the report by the Puri district judge, did not oppose the recommendation of the apex court on the matter?

Mohapatra said there should be no comparison of Shree Jagannath temple with other temples. The is an unique shrine because the servitors perform at least 120 rituals of the dieties.

Urging the Puri Gajapati to intervene in the matter since he is the first servitor of Lord Jagannath, Mohapatra suggested that he, the Shankaracharya of the Govardhan Peeth, the state chief secretary, law secretary and the general should discuss the matter and take a final decision.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 18:10 IST