Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has imposed restriction on collection of offerings and donations by servitors from devotees during the Ratha Yatra in Odisha’s Puri this year slated for July 14.
The SJTA has imposed the ruling acting on the directive of the Supreme Court.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, SJITA chief administrator Pradipta Mohapatra said the temple administration has decided to debar the servitors from accepting any form of donation from the devotees during Rath Yatra, following the directive of the Supreme Court,
Instead, the temple administration will install a total of 12 hundis (donation box) on the three chariots and the devotees can drop their donation inside the hundies, he added.
Four hundis each would be put up on the three chariots of the Lords and six more inside the Gundicha temple, Mohapatra added.
The temple administration had issued public notice requesting the devotees not to give donation to the servitors in the temple. The servitors were also warned of action for violating order of the apex court.