Hundis For Donations

While implementing Apex Court Order for debarring servitors from accepting donations from devotees, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in Puri has now decided to install 12 offertory boxes near chariots during the Rath Jatra.

Chief Administrator SJTA, Pradipta Kumar Mahapatra today said four 'hundis' (donation boxes) each would be set up in the cordoned-off areas near the three chariots.
This apart, six more 'hundis' would be installed inside the Gundicha temple to facilitate devotees to make donations, he said.
"The security personnel would guard the 'hundis' round the clock as about 10 lakh devotees are expected to throng the Rath Jatra," Mr.Mohapatra said.
Notably, SJTA debarred the servitors from receiving donations, either cash or kind, from devotees, acting on the directive of the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court, on June 8, issued a slew of directions to prevent any such malpractices and mismanagement in the Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, taking a serious note of the alleged exploitation of the devotees by the "sevaks" (servitors).
Mr.Mohapatra said the temple administration issued public notice, requesting the devotees not to give donation to the servitors in the temple.
The servitors, too, have been warned of action for violation of the Apex Court order, he said.
"If any devotee is willing to donate, he/she has to put the donation in the hundi (donation box)," Mr.Mohapatra informed the people at large. 

Daitapati Nijog president Ramakrushna Dasmohapatra, however, said the i temple administration will install one donation box on each (four) side of the three chariots. Six hundis will be installed at Gundicha Temple.
“But, we will receive donations if devotes offer them on their own,” a priest said.
He further said that he has demanded barricades to be placed in a manner so that devotees can at least touch the chariots.
Meanwhile, the deities were today administered herbal medicines. The divine siblings are believed to be suffering from fever after the ceremonial bath on Snana Purnima day.
The servitors have also performed special Phuluri Tela Seva, a unique healing method, to cure the deities effectively. The treatment will be done with herbal medicines during the entire fortnight of Ansara.
The temple physicians prepare the special medicine, Dasamula Modak by mixing 10 types of herbs. Then the medicine is mixed with ghee, sugar, honey and cooked over fire for a long time, before being administered to the four deities.
More than three kilogram herbs were used for the medicines. These have been prepared by the Dhanvantari Ayurveda Shsatra.
The world famous Rath Jatra, will be held here on July 14 
This apart, the State Government has made elaborate arrangements for the mega festival which is likely to attract above 10 lakh devotees from across the country and abroad.

Besides different Government departments, Indian Railways, Odisha Police and others related to the festival have made final preparation of the Big Day.      

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