Puri, July 22: After Puri Jagannath Temple got caught up amidst controversies over mismanagement of rituals, the Odisha government has constituted a judicial commission to study its functioning.
Jagannath Temple witnessed several unruly affairs in its administration which invited serious public outrage. The Odisha government constituted a one-man judicial commission who is directed to suggest reforms in its management. Justice BP Das, retired judge of Orissa High Court, will head the commission. He will be assisted by former temple administrator Mahimohan Tripathy.
"The commission will be headed by Justice Bimal Prasad Das. It will look into six aspects relating to the affairs of the temple. Former administrator of Shee Jagannath temple, Mahimohan Tripaty, will assist the one-man commission. The commission will also look into the security aspects of the temple and conservation of the shrine. It will deal with law and order within and outside the shrine. Beautification outside the shrine will also come under its purview, “said law minister Arun Sahu.
The six point terms of reference also dwells upon the solutions required to facilitate darshan for the devotees in an orderly manner, system to make available ‘mahaprasad’, communication and affordable accommodation for pilgrims and vehicular parking. The Das Panel will also train different categories of servitors and people entrusted with the responsibilities to carry out soft conduct of rituals, welfare, health, housing and education for their family members.
Meanwhile, Puri police is in search of six servitors who disrupted the Niladri Bije ritual. They also misbehaved with Puri collector and attacked media persons who were covering the incident. This incident made the government set up the panel to avoid further such incidents.