Bhubaneswar, Nov 2 (Localwire) The daily consumption of ghee at the Sri Jagannath temple at Puri is estimated at over 50,000 liters.
“The average daily requirement of ghee in the shrine is estimated at 50,059 liters, official sources said.
The State-run Odisha State Co-operative Milk Producers Federation Limited (OMFED), which is the sole agency shouldering the responsibility of supply, provided a whopping 1, 82, 71, 844 litre of ghee during 2018-19 financial year.
The ghee is being consumed for burning of diyas (lamps) and preparation of ‘bhog’ for the deities in the temple, said Laxmidhar Pujapanda, Public Relation Officer, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration.
The temple administration had entered into an agreement with OMFED for ghee supply in 2017 as part of maintaining quality of ‘bhog’.
As ghee brands used earlier were found to be wanting in quality, Omfed brand was proffered because of purity of its products, he said.
Besides, burning the ‘diyas’ from impure ghees was polluting the environs of the temple, he added.
“The lord is our No.-1 consumer. Of the total ghee production, 10% of the produce is being supplied to the temple.
It is a matter of privilege and pride for us that our brand is serving Lord Jagannath”, said an Omfed official.
Besides the 12the century Sri Jagannath temple, OMFED ghee is also being used for bhog and burning of diyas in the 11th century Lord Lingaraj temple at Bhubaneswar, the milk major’s official added.