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Ratha Jatra 2021: Servitors Not To Be Allowed To Carry Mobile Phones

Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannatha Temple Administration (SJTA), Krishan Kumar, who was present in the nijog meeting, stated sevaks or servitors will not be allowed to carry mobile phones with camera or any other cameras atop the chariots. After observing that some sevaks or servitors took selfie with the deities on the chariots during Ratha Jatra, a unanimous decision was taken in today’s nijog meeting to prohibit mobile phones with camera during the festival starting from July 12.In another major decision, no officials of the temple administration or district administration and police personnel will be allowed to pull the chariots. Even they will not be allowed to touch the ropes of the chariots, informed Kumar.The sevaks and servitors will only participate in the chariot pulling, he added.On the number of sevaks or servitors who will be present atop the chariots, the SJTA Chief Administrator said it will be ensured that there will be a minimal number of them on the chariots. However, the exact number will be decided in two days.“As devotees will pay obeisance to the Holy Trinity in the TV telecast, no one will be allowed to obstruct the view of the deities,” said Kumar. Worth mentioning, like last year, the State government decided to allow the SJTA to hold the annual Ratha Jatra without devotees due to Covid-19 pandemic. Prohibitory order under Sec 144 will be in force on both sides of the Bada Danda (Grand Road) in Puri.

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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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