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Puri seer Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati calls high-level meet on Jagannath temple reforms
The move comes ahead of Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Ranjit Kumar’s two-day scheduled visit to Puri on February 22.
The apex court had on November 30 last year accepted the request of senior advocate Gopal Subramanium to relieve him as amicus curiae in the matter.
The minor girl's statement has been recorded at Singhadwar Police Station here and a senior officer entrusted with the task of carrying out the investigation.
Mohapatra said the ‘Pahili Bhog’ ritual would begin from December 16 and end on January 13.
The Navaratna PSU will also increase the number of battery operated vehicles used to ferry differently-abled and senior citizens from the bus stand to the temple gate.
The lawyer said that issues related to the Jagannath temple should be heard by a five-judge bench of the apex court as they were "serious" and violence had also taken place there last month.
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.
Rituals in the Jagannath temple were delayed by four hours on Monday that marked the beginning of Panchuka (last five days of Kartik Brata).
Nine policemen were injured as violence broke out during a 12-hour bandh protesting introduction of a queue system for devotees visiting the Jagannath Temple.
As many as 13 persons including a few Jagannath temple servitors were arrested on Monday for their involvement in violence during Puri bandh on October 3.
The bandh was observed protesting queue system in Sri Jagannath temple.
DGP Sharma along with Amitabh Thakur, IG (Law and Order) and Soumendra Priyadarshi, IG (Central) visited Puri to take stock of the situation.
The police forces conducted flag march and the situation was brought under control.
The queue system for darshan of deities at the Jagannath Temple was flouted by many devotees as they dismantled the barricades and entered the temple by breaking the queue on Monday.
Queue system will be introduced at Sri Jagannath temple here on an experimental basis from Monday as part of the reform measures suggested by the Supreme Court.