Even because the Odisha authorities has given a go-ahead in reopening of temples and mutts throughout the State from August in its revised tips, Odisha Temple Servitors’ Affiliation has turned down the federal government’ authorisation to the Collectors concerning temple and mutt affairs of their respective jurisdiction.
The Authorities, in its August tips launched Saturday, had said clearly that Collectors are the suitable authority to take determination on permitting devotees to the temple, locations of worship and different non secular establishments. Nevertheless, providing of Prasad inside a temple/ non secular locations has been utterly banned.
The federal government’s transfer didn’t go down nicely with the servitors’ affiliation within the State, which demanded revised tips within the temple reopening matter.
“The federal government has allowed opening of mall, bars, swimming swimming pools, eating places, cinema halls and theatres. However, why it has put the ball within the courtroom of district Collectors in case of reopening of temples and mutts? , requested Kameswar Tripathy, President of Odisha Temple Servitors’ Affiliation.
Tripathy, who can be a priest at Haribaldevjew temple at Baripada, often called Dwitiya Srikhetra, additional stated the State authorities had taken related determination final yr, authorising Collectors to resolve on opening of temples and mutt of their respective jurisdiction. However, they didn’t enable the temple and mutts to open that point both.
Lastly, the State authorities had permitted the reopening of temple in January solely after a number of protests and agitations by the servitors, he added.
“How the Collectors take such determination whereas the identical couldn’t be determined by the federal government? How can we count on a beneficial response from the district administration which had did not take a name on reopening of shrines final yr? Tripathy questioned.
The federal government is depriving the devotees of the darshan of God, he alleged.
The servitors’ affiliation would quickly meet the Collectors in each district, demanding to take a name within the matter of temple reopening.
Many servitors, who run their households from the donation collected from devotees, are discovering it arduous to make their ends meet because the shrines throughout the State have remained closed for the general public,” Tripathy added