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Mahaprasad to be available at Shree Mandir from today

Puri: After a break of four days, Mahaprasad will be available to devotees at the Anand Bazaar in the Shree Jagannath Temple campus from today.

According to reports, the Suar-Mahasuar Nijog held a meeting last evening and decided to cook Baradi Abhada in the interest of devotees. They seem to have relented from demanding compensation for loss of cooked food of about Rs 50 lakh.

It may be noted that Jagamohan of the Shree Mandir was reopened for devotees on April 16 (Monday) as per a direction of the High Court. Servitors on duty were allowed to enter the Garva Griya. Following this, resentment erupted among other servitors.

Rituals were delayed on the day. About 200 quintals of Abhada worth over Rs 50 lakh were to be dumped. The Deities had to remain on fast over 30 hours. Though Abhada was being cooked for the deities, Baradi Abhada was not being prepared for devotees.

On Thursday evening, the Suar and Mahasuar Nijog met in the evening and decided to cook Baradi Abhada in the interest of devotees from Friday, according to Nijog president Damodar Mahasuar.

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