Bhubaneswar, Feb 13 (LocalWire): Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati has convened a high-level meeting on February 17 to find solution to various issues of Srimandir, the abode of Lord Jagannath.
This comes ahead of the visit of Ranjit Kumar, the amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee reforms at Jagannath Temple in Puri.
According to Peeth sources, the Puri seer has invited Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Chief Justice of Orissa High Court Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri, Law Minister Pratap Jena, Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief PK Mohapatra, Orissa HC Bar Association President Srikant Nayak for the meeting to discuss various reform proposals for the centuries-old shrine.
Some intellectuals and scholars have also been invited to the meeting, source said.
Addressing a press conference, Manoj Rath, spokesperson, Gobardhan Peeth, said indiscipline and mismanagement at Srimandir had been harming the religious sentiments of the people.
“The Shankaracharya feels that good understanding and cooperation among the state government, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and Srimandir servitors can solve the issues plaguing the 12th century shrine,” Rath said.
It is learnt that the meeting would deliberate on Ghata Paribartan fiasco of 2015, issues related to Srimandir Ratnabhandar (treasury), ban on devotees’ entry to the sanctum sanctorum (Garvagruha), reform measures for the shrine suggested by the Supreme Court and introduction of queue system for devotees at the temple.