With over 50 lakh pilgrims set to visit Puri for `Nabakalebar` of the presiding deities of Sri Jagannath temple, the Centre on Sunday said efforts were on to put in place better health care facilities in the seaside pilgrim town before the mega festival next year.
With the row over Puri Shankaracharya`s boycott of Lord Jagannath`s Rath Jatra lingering, senior Congress leader Jaydev Jena said the controversy should be resolved jointly by the seer, temple administration and Odisha government.
Pained over Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati not performing puja on chariots due to a dispute with the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration, king of Puri Divyasingha Deb today said the Odisha government must take steps to resolve the issue.
The National Green Tribunal has issued bailable warrants against Odisha Environment Minister and the ASI chief over on the issue of environmental pollution around the famous Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri.
Expecting a turnout of some
50 lakh devotees to Puri during Lord Jagannath`s
"Navakalebara" festival in 2015, the Orissa government has
decided to deploy two langoors to drive away monkeys from the