Drain Water Flooding near Puri Temple Entrance
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT
[Photos: Sampradaya Sun]
May 11, 2012 JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Devotees at Jagannath Temple in Puri had a tough time on Friday as they waded through drain water, spilling from an overflowing drain near the shrine. Pilgrims were shocked to find the poor state of affairs around the 12th century temple.
The drain water almost reached the Lion Gate entrance of the temple, sparking tension among priests. Municipality sweepers were soon mobilized to decongest the drain following resentment by priests and pilgrims.
"Just like the clogged drain, the civic body has also become defunct. We have been complaining about the unclean drain since long, but to no avail," said Satyanarayan Mohapatra, a priest. "This is the scenario
of the world famous Jagannath Temple. It is high time the government should wake up to clean the pilgrim city," the priest said.
"We were shocked to find the filthy situation outside the temple. It was sheer inconvenient to walk through the waste," Chandan Ray, a devotee said.