Puri Priests up in Arms Again
BY: SUN CORRESPONDENT
Dec 20, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA
The priests at the Jagannath Temple are going through a tough time. The past few days marked quite a hectic schedule for the God’s men, who were busier with making protests and demonstrations than performing their priestly service at temple. And Thursday was not a deterrent!
A number of priests sat on a demonstration right in front of the Jagannath Temple’s main entrance on Thursday morning, condemning the presence of some Christmas Greeting cards on the official website of Jagannath Temple administration. Even though the 12th century administration pulled out the objectionable Christian symbols from its newly launched website on Thursday morning, the priests, under the banner of Sri Jagannath Sebayat Sammilani, converged in front of the temple and booed the temple officials for their grave blunder.
Earlier on Wednesday, a Jagannath Temple priest, Lalmohuria Madhav Mohapatra, spotted those Xmas cards on the official site of Jagannath temple administration.
“Withdrawal of the objectionable Christian pictures from a website is okay, but it is not enough. The temple administration should apologize for the mistake, which was anti-Hindu by nature,” said Harekrushna Mahasuar, the general secretary of the Sammilani.
Meanwhile, Thursday’s was the third such protest by the priests within a span of five days. A few days ago, hundreds of priests and some Hindu religious organizations poured into the road protesting the untimely celebration of Rath Yatra by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) across the country. Protest was also witnessed a couple days back when a US-based online shopping place was found selling underwear embossed with the images of Hindu gods and goddesses.
The priests also urged all the Hindu outfits across the world to raise voice against the repeated slur on Hindu deities. “The ISKCON devotees should also join the protest. But it is shocking that ISKCON, which has been worshipping Hindu gods, are silent till now. Since they have spread all across the world, they must agitate against the offenders of Hindu religion,” said Priyadarshan Pattnaik, the president of Jagannath Sena, a city-based religious outfit.