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Non-Hindus’ entry into Srimandir: VHP to move SC

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Bhubaneswar: While the Supreme Court has made suggestions on the entry of non-Hindus into Jagannath Temple in Puri, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday strongly opposed the proposal.

“If necessary, we will move the apex court and file a review petition to reconsider the proposal,” said VHP State working president Badrinath Patnaik.

Speaking on the issue, Health Minister Pratap Jena said the state government is enough concerned to bring in reforms in the centuries-old Jagannath temple.

“There are many traditional rules and regulations at Jagannath temple according to Hindu religion. The state government will present its stand in the Supreme Court if needed,” he said.

However, Jena clarified that the top court has not sent any order in this regard so far. “It was an interim suggestion passed by the Supreme Court. We will analyze once the court takes a final call on the issue,” Jena added.

On the other hand, Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb said we should not bring in reforms violating age-old traditions. “For security reason, the entry of non-Hindu into Jagannath temple is not safe,” he said.

Notably, the Supreme Court on June 5 had asked the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to consider allowing of non-Hindus into the temple since Hinduism does not eliminate any other faith and religion.

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