Puri Collector orders for probe into substandard rice used for Mahaprasad


Puri: A day after the district administration imposed restrictions on the use of adulterated desi ghee in the Puri Jagannath Temple and issued strict guidelines to ensure that only pure ghee will be used to light diyas in the temple premises, it was found that the packets of rice which was used in the preparation of ‘Mahaprasad’ was of substandard quality with worms swarming over it. The incidence has triggered outrage among the lakhs of devotees of the Lords.

District Collector Arvind Agarwal on Wednesday ordered a probe into the incidence. He said, “It is a matter of faith among the devotees. Use of inferior-quality rice for the preparation of Mahaprasad would not be tolerated as it is against the norms.”

“Stringent action will be taken against those who are involved. There will be no compromise regarding the quality of Mahaprasad,” he added.

Earlier the devotees had repeatedly complained about stale and substandard Abadha being sold by some servitors.

The Justice BP Das Commission had also suggested appointing a Food Inspector to supervise the quality of Mahaprasad being produced in the temple’s kitchen.

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