States : Voice of Descent
As the big event Nabakalabara process has already started with identification of sacred neem trees for making of idols of deities and rituals, the Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati has expressed his dissatisfaction for not being consulted by the State Government for the ongoing preparation for the festival.
After every 12 to 19 years when Joda Asadha (Double month of Ashadha) in Hindu calendar comes, the wooden idols of Mahaprabhu Jagannath, Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan are replaced through three month long religious process starting from identification of darus (logs of neem trees) to change of Bramha.
The Puri seer with his voice of descent in a letter to devotees of Lord has said, “no one from the administration has consulted me or sought any suggestion so far” However the seer in his letter has said members of the Mukti Mandap (the highest decision making body in Jagannath temple) and Gajapati Maharaja, however, paid courtesy visits to me, in the process making it clear that he has no difference of opinion with religious bodies and his anger is only directed at the Government and administration.
The seer while targeting Government and administration has said that the move to ignore his role in religious function is planned with an evil intention to make Lord Jagannath Temple and its rituals without any religious guidance. He specially targeted top mandarins of State Government and departments associated with Mahabrabhu Sri Jagannath Temple and its rituals.
It may be noted that in a similar controversy last year the Odisha High Court had intervened to uphold role of Sankaracharya in religious functions of Sri Mandir. The Hon’ble Court then had observed that only for the management of the Temple’s secular affairs the Government has a role and has no right to interfere with its religious affairs.
The Orissa High Court in unequivocal terms had made it clear that the State Government has a much defined role, to carry out what Shankaracharya has directed to do on religious matters. Apart from this to maintain law and order and manage logistics support for the world famous Ratha Yatra was the responsibility of the Government authority, the High Court had said.
—Samanwaya Nanda from Bhubaneshwar
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