Air India magazine states ‘non veg’ cooked in Jagannath temple


Bhubaneswar: Air India’s in flight magazine Shubh Yatra has mentioned in an article on temple kitchens that both ‘vegetarian and non vegetarian food’ is cooked in the Jagannath Temple in Puri. While people in the state have criticised the misinformation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also opined that the incident is extremely saddening. Air India authorities have apologised for the mistake and said the magazine copies will be recalled.

The article has appeared in the October issue of Shubh Yatra. An Odia traveller Rudra Prasanna Rath spotted the mistake and informed Air India through comments on social media. The news attracted criticism from Puri temple priests as well as devotees at large.

“It is most unfortunate. We will take it up strongly with the appropriate authorities,” said CM Naveen Patnaik. Culture minister Ashok Panda said the copies should be immediately removed from circulation in flights or elsewhere.

Soon after the CM expressed criticism of the mistake, Air India authorities tweeted : “#AI apologises for the error. Our intention was not to hurt sentiments. #ShubhYatra magazine copies have been removed with immediate effect.”

Ironically, the article has been written by Odia girl Madhulika Dash, a well known food writer and even a panelist on the Master Chef India Season 4. She had written about various temple kitchens across India in the article.

The article excerpt:

“Jagannath Temple, Puri

Said to be the largest in the country, the Jagannath Temple’s kitchen in Puri since its inception has had an army of 500 cooks and 300 helpers to serve 1,00,000 people every day, round the clock – which means almost 285 varieties of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes every day.”

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