Mamata Visits Puri Temple, Protesters Urge ‘Go Back’

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Bhubaneswar:  Mamata offers Her Prayers In Puri’s Jagannath Temple on Wednesday. Hindu Yuva Bahini protesters rage slogan said ‘Mamata Go Back’.

জগন্নাথ মন্দিরে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী পৌঁছতেই উপছে পড়ল সাধারণের ভিড়

Mamata Banerjee also said I am grateful to the temple authorities for showing me around the temple and helping me in offering my puja.  I prayed for the well-being and happiness of everyone: Mamata Banerjee after offering her puja at Jagannath Temple, Puri.

Earlier, A servitor of the Jagannath Temple was detained by the police on Tuesday for allegedly threatening to oppose West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to the 12th-century shrine in Puri on Wednesday.

The All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, however, is not likely to face any problem as the sevayats of the temple and the temple administration said she is welcome to visit the shrine.

৫০০ সেবায়েতের মন্ত্র উচ্চারণে জগন্নাথ পুজো করবেন মমতা

Banerjee is on a three-day visit to Odisha from Tuesday as a state guest. She is scheduled to have a darshan of Lord Jagannath on Wednesday. Somanath Khuntia, a sevayat of the temple, had reportedly claimed that the servitors were annoyed with Banerjee as she had allegedly supported the consumption of beef.

“We came to know from media reports that she supports eating beef. It is against our culture and traditions. She should not be allowed to enter the Jagannath Temple. We will oppose her visit to the shrine,” he had reportedly said. Khuntia was detained for questioning by the police, Puri Superintendent of Police Sarthak Sarangi said.

He said adequate security arrangements were in place for Banerjee’s visit to the coastal town and the Jagannath Temple. “All sevayat communities of Shri Jagannath Temple welcome Mamata Banerjee to visit the shrine and seek the blessings of the Lord,” chief administrator of Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Suresh Mohapatra said.

‘আমি হিন্দু, তবে হিন্দুধর্মকে কলঙ্কিত করি না’

There is no bar should the West Bengal chief minister decide to visit the shrine and all servitors and priests would be happy, he said. Expressing similar views, Jagannath Daitapati, the chief daitapati (servitor) of Lord Jagannath’s Chariot, said, “It will be a proud privilege for the people if Mamata Banerjee visits Shri Jagannath Temple. We welcome her visit.”

There should be no politics over Banerjee’s visit to the temple and there are no restrictions on her entry into the shrine, he added. Other sevayats echoing him said that Shri Jagannath Temple was open to all Hindus and Banerjee was welcome to visit the shrine and seek the Lord’s blessings.

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