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A shame for Odisha !

Bhubaneswar: In a shocking incident, The KIIT and KISS Founder Achyuta Samanta being crowned as the King of KISS Jagannath Temple on occasion of Pushya Nakshatra, here creating outrage among devotees.

The incident deeply hurt devotion and sentiments of lakhs of devotees and showed disrespect to Puri Gajapati, sparking outrage on social media. 

Achyuta Samanta, the founder of KIIT & KISS on Friday participated in the annual ritual of the KISS Jagannath Temple, where he was potrayed in a royal attire.

As the pictures of Samanta's coronation went viral on social media, tension sparked-off in Puri with the Jagannath Sena activists, who levelled allegations of misrepresentation of the Jagannath Temple culture.

It has evoked sharp reactions across some sections in Puri. The protesters burnt banners with Samanta's photo and raised slogans against him. They demanded Samanta's unconditional apology for the alleged self-conceited lavishness and misrepresentation of the rituals.

Priyadarshan Patnaik, Convenor of Jagannath Sena said, 'He is not our enemy but to self proclaim himself as the King is unpardonable. There are many persons whose Rajyabhiseka is conducted, as it has been carried out traditionally for many generations in their families. But what is the legacy of Achyut Samanta? How can he compare himself with the Gajapati of Puri? He should come down on his knees and ask for forgiveness from Lord Jagannath for his crime within 48 hours. Else we would assess legal options and demand his arrest.'

'We are deeply hurt by this action of Achyuta Samanta as it is against the tradition and culture of Lord Jagannath temple. It has hurt our sentiments. He aped the ritual conducted only for the Gajapati of Puri and that too, on the same particular day,' said Chinmaya Dash, Convenor, Puri Sanskruti Surakhya Mancha.

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