Queue system to be introduced in Jagannath temple



Puri (Orissa): The famous Jagannath temple here may soon have a queue system for the devotees so as to manage crowds and avoid stampede-like situation.

"We are planning to introduce a queue system for devotees inside the 'deul' (sanctum sanctorum) of the main temple. It will be on the lines of the Tirupati Balaji temple and the Mata Vaishnodevi temple in the north," Jagannath temple PRO Laxmi Dhar Puja Panda said.

The temple remains open for devotees from five in the morning till midnight. The gates are closed for about half-an- hour at 1:00 pm.

"People from across the world throng the temple whole day. There is a heavy rush inside the main temple when the doors are opened for darshan of Lord Jagannath. Elderly, children and women suffer in the process. Some end up getting bruised and having no chance to see the deity. That is why we decided to go for the queue system," he said.

"The people will stand in a line and wait for their turn for darshan of the Lord Jagannath," he said.

The 12th century Jagannath temple complex, spread over an area of 4,00,000 sq ft, houses around 120 temples and shrines.

The temple has four chambers. The outermost is Bhogmandir where prasad is offered to the devotees, the next is the Nata- mandir -- a pillared hall for music and dance, the third is the Jagamohana or the mandapa where devotees gather for worship and the last is the deul enshrining the deities.

Children below five years of age are barred from entering the deul which houses the three deities -- Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra.

Panda also said, "Temple authorities have incurred an expenditure of Rs 25 lakh for the famous Rath Yatra to be held on July 3."

PTI