Jagamohan pic viral: High Court seeks report from SJTA

Cuttack: After the pictures of the interior of the Jagannath Temple, Puri went viral on social media violating the ago-old restrictions, the Orissa High Court today sought report from the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).

During the hearing of the status of repair of Jagamohan, the hall facing the sanctum sanctorum of the 12th century shrine, the court directed the SJTA Chief Administrator to comply with its notice by December 6.

Meanwhile, the temple administration issued a show-cause to ASI over the incident.

A scientist of Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) in Dhanbad had allegedly circulated the interior pictures of Jagannath Temple in Puri on social media. Camera and mobile phone are not allowed in the 12th century shrine.

Scientist Sadanand Sharma- who along with the experts of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the custodian of the Jagannath Temple, and officials of State Works Department carried out an inspection inside the shrine's sanctum sanctorum during the annual Rath Yatra and had uploaded the photos on his Facebook account in September last year thereby making the interiors of the temple viral.

The matter came to the light on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Justice B P Das commission, formed to recommend reforms in operation of the Jagannath Temple, Puri today sought report from Law Secretary, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration Chief Administrator, Puri Collector and SP over viral of several photos Jagamohan and sanctum sanctorum of the 12th century shrine on social media within ten days.

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