New Delhi, Nov 4 (LocalWire): The Supreme Court today directed the Odisha government to appoint a permanent administrator for better monitoring and management of the 12th century Jagannath temple in Puri.
A division bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Indira Banerjee of the Apex court, in an interim ruling passed today, rolled out a charter of 22 directions and asked the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (STJA) Puri to implement it.
Laying emphasis on the timely performance of rituals, the division bench asked the temple administration to ensure that all rituals shall be held in accordance with the tradition and practices and the state government and court will not interfere in it.
The temple administration has to also ensure the safety of women devotees inside the holy shrine. The incidents of misbehavior with women and snatching and pick pocketing need to be curbed, the court said.
Stressing on environmental issues, the court in its interim ruling asked the state government to build an effluent treatment plant at Jagannath temple.
For hassle-free movement of devotees, the apex court also directed the state government to build shelter for 60,000 devotees in coordination with the temple administration.
Asking the state to furnish details of movable and immovable assets of Puri Jagannath temple across the country, the Court directed the state government to provide land for establishment of a school for the upkeep and propagation of Jagannath culture and legacy.