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Queue up at Puri shrine from Oct 1

Queue system from October 1 at Jagannath temple in Puri

By Our Correspondent in Puri

  • Published 1.10.18, 1:12 AM
  • Updated 1.10.18, 1:12 AM
The Jagannath temple in Puri
The Jagannath temple in Puri Agencies

Amidst protest from servitors and devotees, the Jagannath temple management in Puri has decided to introduce queue system from October 1 for devotees. But, the queue system will be implemented once in a week only.

Puri collector Jyoti Prakash Das and police superintendent Sarthak Sarangi on Sunday inspected the arrangement made to ensure how the queue system would be introduced from Monday. As per the decision, the devotees would enter through the temple’s singhadwar and would leave the shrine using the three other gates. However, servitors can use any gates to enter and leave the shrine.

Sarnagi said: “As a new system is going to be introduced, some flaws may crop up. We will identify the flaws and address them.” For the queue system, the temple administration has made some permanent barricade systems.

Jagannath Temple public relations officer Laxmidhar Pujapanda said: “The queue system will be made functional once in a week. As lakhs of devotees — including old women — will turn up during the Kartik month, we have decided to introduce queue system daily after the Katik month is over.”

The religious Kartik month will begin from October 24 and will come to an end on November 23.

In another development, a section of servitors said it would be better for the temple management committee if it introduced a multiple-queue system instead of a single-queue system for the devotees.

“The temple administration should have thought of the elderly. If the queue system is introduced, one will have to wait for hours to get a glimpse of the lord,” said a servitor.

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