Devotees defy ‘queue system’ at Jagannath temple

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Puri: Tension erupted on the premise of Jagannath temple in Puri on Monday as devotees defied the rules of queue system (Dhadi Darshan) for entry into the shrine on the first day of its implementation.

A scuffle ensued between the policemen deployed at the Singhadwara and devotees while the latter tried to flout the queue system implemented following the directive of the Supreme Court.

The footage of the CCTV cameras of the temple showed that when the temple gate was thrown open for public, several devotees entered the Srimandir in large groups without obeying the queue system.

On being informed, Puri Collector Jyoti Prakash Das and SP reached the spot and took stock of the situation.

“We have also received information that some temple insiders have uprooted the barricades. CCTV footage will be examined to find out those involved in this disruption,” said the collector, adding, appropriate actions will be taken against those involved in the incident.

Notably, as per the new system, devotees will form a queue and enter the temple through the Singhadwara (Lion’s Gate) following which they will move inside through barricades with separate lines for men and women. After the darshan, devotees will exit through three other gates. The system aims at ensuring disciplined darshan of the deities.

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