Puri administration to probe woman climbing Nandighosha during Ratha Yatra

Puri,July 25: Puri Collector and SP will investigate the incident of a woman devotee climbing the Nandighosha of Lord Jagannath's chariot during Ratha Yatra.

In a letter to the district administration, chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Suresh Chandra Mohapatra decided to probe the incident.

He has also asked the district administration to ascertain the identity of the woman devotee, who had mounted the chariot on July 20. The image of the woman's climb has been vividly captured by the CCTV camera.

Besides, Mohapatra has asked to register a criminal case against the woman since she has violated the High Court's orders.

The SJTA on Wednesday suspended a servitor Artatrana Pratihari and served show-cause notice to Jagannath Swain Mohapatra, Badagrahi of Lord Jagannath, for allegedly allowing a woman onto the chariot of Lord Jagannath on July 20.

Pratihari has been suspended under Section 21-B of the Shree Jagannath Temple Act.

Last year, the High Court had imposed a blanket ban on pilgrims' access to chariots following the recommendation of Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati.

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