Puri, Dec 10: To take a decision on reopening of the world famous Shree Jagannath Temple here, the Chhatisha Nijog, the largest body of servitors, will meet on December 12.
According to information, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has written to heads of all Nijogs in this regard. The decision to be taken at the Chhatisha Nijog meeting will be taken up in the next meeting of the Shree Mandir Management Committee for final approval. The committee, which takes final decisions on rituals of the Shree Jagannath Temple, is headed by Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb.
Meanwhile, activists of a human rights body, namely “Biswah Manabadhikar Suraksha Sangathan”, staged a dharna in front of the SJTA office here, demanding early reopening of the 11th Century shrine for the devotees.
It may be noted that the world-famous Jagannath Temple has been closed for devotees since mid-March when the Covid-19 started spreading its tentacles in Odisha and the country. While several thousands of devotees visit the temple every day, the Government closed the shrine apprehending that the deadly coronavirus mat affect them (devotees). In these six-seven months’ period, all yearly rituals of the Trinity (Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra) like Snan Purnima, Rath Yatra, Suna Besha and the rare Arjuna Besha have been performed without participation of devotees.