Not my job to stop devotees from mounting Rath, says Badagrahi

Puri,July 23: A day after the suspension of a Pratihari servitor followed by a notice served on a senior Daitapati Badagrahi by the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to explain the incident in which a woman devotee was seen mounting on the Nandighosa chariot of Lord agannath during the Adapa Pahandi at Sri Gundicha temple in Puri town on Tuesday.

It's not my job to oppose devotees from climbing Rath. "I have received the notice of the SJTA this morning. Let me tell you that I am in charge of the Sri Anga idol of Lord Jagannath. I am not supposed to see who is mounting the chariot, the Badagrahi said in a statement.

It is up to the police and the temple administration to take action against those who are in charge of the charamala (ladder fitted to the chariot). 

Since the temple administration officials and senior police officials were present at the chariot, it was their duty to keep an eye on the charamala and restrain the devotees from mounting the chariot", said Jagannath Swain Mohapatra, Badagrahi of Lord Jagannath.

The action of the temple administration came after watching a video footage in which a woman devotee was seen mounting the Nandighosa chariot during Adapa Pahandi of the Lords on Tuesday night.

It later suspended the Pratihari Sevayat Artatrana Pratihari and served a notice to Jagannath Swain Mohapatra, Badagrahi of Lord Jagannath in violation of section 21 (b) of the Shri Jagannath 

Temple Act and violation of the directive of the Odisha High Court.

This was confirmed by the SJTA chief administrator Suresh Chandra Mohapatra in a media briefing last night.

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