The Orissa Excessive Court docket on Wednesday (28th October) directed the Commissioner of Endowments to contemplate and get rid of the illustration of Sevayats and different equally located Sevaks of the Maa Sarala Thakurani Temple and if potential, lengthen monetary help.
The Bench of Justice S. Panda and Justice S. Ok. Panigrahi was listening to a plea searching for a path to the State of Odisha and its instrumentalities to take steps in extending monetary help to the Sevayats of Maa Sarala Thakurani, within the district of Jagatsinghpur, Odisha due to striving as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
The plea additionally prayed earlier than the Court docket that public darshan of the Deity “Maa Sarala Thakurani” be allowed with due restrictions of social distancing
The grievance of the petitioners was that the petitioners are the Sevaks belonging to totally different classes and the Sevaks/Sevayats are being entrusted with the Seva Puja of the deity MaaSaralaThakurani.
It was submitted that the Sevaks of Maa Sarala Thakurani temple have utterly devoted their lives to the service of the deity “Maa Sarala Thakurani” and they’re sustaining their livelihood out of the choices made to them as private items, donations by the devotees or public whereas having go to and darshan to the istadevi i.e. “Maa Sarala Thakurani” beside their providing and donations to the Temple Belief Fund.
The counsel for the petitioners submitted that the State Authorities issued an advisory on non secular establishments relating to restrictions for entry of basic public to spiritual place as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and the identical restrictions are being prolonged every so often and are nonetheless in pressure until date.
It was argued that the Darshan of the deity is totally seized thereby making no alternate association for the livelihood and sustenance of the petitioners and different equally located sevaks of the Maa Sarala Thakurani Temple.
It was additional submitted that the sevayats handle their households from the donations given by devotees, however because the temple is closed, they’ve a tricky time to keep up their livelihood.
The alternative events have utterly failed to offer any monetary help to the Sevaks in direction of performing each day Seva puja of the deity regardless of a number of representations.
Court docket’s Order
Contemplating the info and submissions of the counsels for the events, the Court docket was of the opinion that because the respondents have supplied monetary help to the Sevayats of the totally different non secular establishment by contemplating their representations, the illustration of the current petitioners must also be thought of.
On this context, the Court docket mentioned,
“This Court docket disposes of the Writ Petition with a path to the petitioners to make a illustration to the Opp. Celebration No.4-Commissioner of Endowments, Odisha inside a interval of two weeks from right now and if such a illustration is filed, the other celebration no.4 shall contemplate and get rid of the mentioned illustration of the petitioners and different equally located Sevaks of the Mass Sarala Thakurani Temple, in accordance with the regulation, after affording alternatives of listening to to the events involved and supply monetary help, if potential, on the earliest.”
Nevertheless, the Court docket directed that above train shall be accomplished by the other celebration no.4 inside a interval of 4 weeks from the date of receipt of a duplicate of this order
It might be famous that the Orissa Excessive Court docket on Monday (05th October) had directed the State Government to contemplate the opening of temples, in a graded method, in accordance with modalities it could resolve, as per its evaluation, from place to position and every so often.
The Bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Dr B.R. Sarangi was listening to the Writ Petitions filed by the petitioners searching for path to the other events to increase monetary aid to the Sevayat/Servitors of registered temples for the interval of lock-down.
The Court docket had ordered,
“The Court docket directed the other parties-State Authorities and the Endowment Commissioner to look at the grievance of the petitioners on their illustration submitted together with the copy of this order and take a view on their grievance with regard to monetary help/ration kits, or within the various, for the opening of temples, in a graded method, in accordance with modalities it could resolve, as per its evaluation, from place to position and time to time, as per earlier orders of this Court docket, as expeditiously as potential, however not later than eight weeks from the date of copy of this order is produced earlier than the authority.“
Notably, on 31st July, the Supreme Court docket had disposed of the enchantment within the Nishikant Dubey Case by requesting the State Authorities of Jharkhand to discover out a risk for darshan, which should have been carried out for most people as is being carried out in Ujjain, one other Jyotirligam. The Court docket additionally urged to the state of Jharkhand to search out out a risk of restricted entry of basic public in temples, church buildings and mosques within the State.
Within the aforesaid case, the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had noticed that, in all non secular locations, entry of a restricted variety of individuals/devotees ought to have been allowed as is being carried out all through India.