Police Complaint Lodged Over Viral Pic Of Srimandir Interior

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Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has lodged a complaint at Singhadwar police station here in connection with the viral photo of Srimandir interior area.

SJTA administrator (Security) VS Chandrasekhar Rao has filed the complaint seeking strict action against the devotee who clicked the photo inside the Jagamohan of the 12th century shrine.

A Bengali youth named Akash Choudhury had posted the photo on his facebook account with some write-ups in Bengali.

The picture was clicked during at Jagamohan during Abakash ritual.

Choudhury while posting the photo on FB wrote “this moment of my life is unforgettable. I have had the darshan of Lord Jagannath,” he wrote.

Soon after the news spread, he reportedly deleted the post from his account.

The photo of the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine went viral on social media on Saturday. Lord Jagannath was purportedly seen in the picture that was posted on social media.

The picture is suspected to have been clicked through a mobile phone.

The FB post has hurt the religious sentiments of devotees as photography of any kind inside the temple is strictly prohibited, devotees said.

The incident has pointed finger at the security system in the age-old shrine.

It is worth mentioning that the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has banned use of mobile phones, cameras and other electronic gadgets on the temple premises on security ground. A signage has also been placed near Singhdwar for public awareness.

Moreover, the security personnel have been asked to examine devotees before their entry into the shrine. It seems the order is complied with.

Similar incidents had also been reported several times in the past indicating serious security breach at the temple.

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