The servitors of Sri Jagannath temple have served an ultimatum to the Odisha government against the abolition of hereditary rights and receive of donation from the devotees.
The servitors under the banner of Sri Jagannath Sevayat Sammillani staged a protest demonstration in front of the Sri Jaganntah temple here yesterday and took vow to continue their protest in support of their demands.
Samittee leaders Kasinth Khuntia, Bulu Khuntia and Binayak Dasmahapatra had served an ultimatum to the state government and the temple administration stating that any attempt to abolish their hereditary rights for seva in the temple would be strongly protested.
They urged the government to desist from abolishing their age old religious service in Jagannath temple. If the state government implements the abolition of the hereditary rights, the servitors would stop work and hand over the keys of the Sri Jagannath temple to Puri King Gajapati Maharaj Dibya Singh Dev who had granted them the service.
The servitors took the pledge d on the Kranti Divas to fight for their traditional rights in the temple. It may be noted that the Apex court had banned the servitors receiving any donation from the devotees inside the Jagannath temple and the Puri District judge has been asked by the Apex court to file a report on the happenings inside the temple had suggested the abolition of hereditary right of the servitors.
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