Puri : Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice NV Ramana on Saturday morning visited Lord Jagannath temple, Puri.
Wearing traditional dress and face mask, Ramana along with Justice Vineet Saran has paid obeisance to Lord Jagannath and his sibling deities at the Jagannath temple.
Secretary (5T) to Chief Minister, VK Pandian, Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Krishan Kumar, District Collector Samarth Verma, SP Kanwar Vishal Singh have welcomed the CJI at Singhadwar.
After offering his obeisance to Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra in the main temple, he visited a few sub-shrines in the Jagannath temple complex, said chief servitor of the temple, Janardhan Pattajoshi Mohapatra, He spent about 45 minutes inside the 12th century shrine complex.
Justice Ramana offered prayers at the Jagannath temple and then visited Maa Bimala, Nrusinghanath, Mahalaxmi inside the complex, said another servitor Rajat Pratihari.
“As he belongs to a village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, we have seen his visitors’ record. He expressed happiness and signed in the visitors’ book. He also paid Dakshina to us,” Rajat said.
Sources said he expressed happiness with the silver-plating of the temple doors. Justice Ramana had last visited the temple with his wife on January 25, 2020.
After having darshan of Lord Jagannath, Ramana is now in Cuttack where he inaugurated the New Building of the Odisha State Legal Service Authority (OSLSA). He scheduled a few other programmes there. The CJI is scheduled to depart for New Delhi at 6.40 PM
The Chief Justice of India had arrived here on a two-day Odisha visit last evening. He was welcomed by Chief Justice of Orissa HC Dr. S. Muralidhar and other distinguished Judges of Orissa High Court on his arrival at Bhubaneswar Biju Patnaik International Airport.
Among others Chief Secretary of Odisha Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Addl CS Home department, DGP, Registrar General, Orissa HC, District Judge, Khurda were present at the airport on the occasion. Soon after arriving here at Biju Patnaik International Airport last evening, he went to Puri directly by road. After visiting the ongoing Heritage Corridor project around the Jagannath temple, he spent the night.