More than 4 months after it was shut because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a public curiosity litigation was filed in the Orissa High Court on Monday looking for reopening of the 12th century Jagannath Temple in Puri for devotees.
In his PIL, Trilochan Rath, a resident of Puri argued if malls and different business institutions may be allowed to open up, why ought to temples stay closed for devotees. “The temple can be opened while maintaining social distance and wearing masks,” he mentioned.
Rath prayed that together with Puri’s Jagannath Temple, all temples in Odisha must be opened for devotees to supply prayers. In one other PIL, 15 servitors of ‘Maa Mangala’ shrine at Kakatpur space of Puri too approached the Orissa High Court looking for opening of the temple and demanded monetary help of Rs 5,000 for the temple servitors.
In each the PILs, the petitioners have mentioned that closure of the temples had created immense hardships to all servitors throughout the state. “The servitors usually depend on the devotees to eke out their living. They earn by providing services to the devotees. With no devotees being allowed to visit the temple, the servitors are left with no income,” mentioned the PIL.
Jagannath Temple, the preferred spiritual shrine in Odisha, has been shut for devotees since March 20 simply earlier than the lockdown began. The Rath Yatra pageant in June was held with out the presence of frequent devotees with temple servitors pulling the three wood chariots after the Supreme Court handed an order. Though the Centre allowed opening of the temple, an ASI-protected monument in June, Odisha has most popular to maintain it closed apprehensive of the rise in Covid-19 instances as soon as devotees begin thronging to it.
In its newest order issued on July 31, the Odisha authorities allowed gyms and buying malls to open with sure SOPs, however mentioned spiritual locations would proceed to be shut.