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‘ Dakshina’ Collection Triggers Tension At Puri Gundicha Temple

Puri:15/7/18; The collection of dakshina (monetary offering) from devotees by servitors near the cordoned area of the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra has sparked off a fresh controversy in the wake of Supreme Court’s embargo on donation collection.

As reports of donation collection came to light, the temple security personnel intervened warning the servitors of legal action for apex court order. This sparked off tension with the striking servitors staging sit-in in front of Gundicha temple and gheraooing the chief temple administrator Pradipta Mohapatra. The agitation by servitors put brakes on the rituals of the deities for more than an hour.

Later police rushed to the site to rescue the chief temple administration from the unruly servitors, officials said.

Meanwhile the rituals of the deities commenced after an hour-long deadlock. The administration has convened a meeting to sort out the points of differences.

In the wake of Supreme Court’s suggestion for reforms in the Jagannath temple that includes bar on dakshina collection, the administration of the Jagannath temple has installed 12 official donation collection boxes (hundis) near the chariots. The powerful servitor community has earlier expressed their strong displeasure over the hundi installation.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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