Puri:16/9/18:The Amicus Curie of Shree Jagannath Temple, Gopal Subramanium will visit State for two days from September 20 to discuss proposals submitted by the Apex Court to streamline management of Twelfth Century Shrine.
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Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said today.
Mr.Subramanium, who has experience as Amicus Curie of Shree Padmanabha Swamy Temple of Thirvananthapuram was appointed by the Supreme Court for Shree Jagannath Temple.The Learned Counsel will hold discussion with SJTA, Chhatisha Nijog – Association of Jagannath Temple servitors, Shankaracharya of Goverdhan Peeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati and Gajapati Maharaja Divyasingh Deb among others on the 12 proposals of the Apex Court, he said.“The Amicus Curie will hold discussion in Puri on September 21 and 22 on reforms in Shree Jagannath Temple, including on donations and hereditary practices of servitors,” Mr.Mohapatra informed.
Notably, the Supreme Court of India on 6 July had asked the Shree Jagannath Temple Authorities to consider 12 proposals, including the abolition of hereditary servitors, prohibition of the collection of money by servitors for the annadan atika (earthen pots with cooked food), a ban on the placing of thalis (plates) by the servitors to receive offerings, and a provision for separate toilets for male and female devotees and the servitors.