Puri, Jan 17: Puri king Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb has urged to impose a total ban on non-vegetarian food and alcohol in the pilgrim town to keep its holy.
Besides, he informed that the repairing of Ratna Bhandar (treasury) of Srimandir and inventory of the jewellery stored in it will be conducted during the next Rath Yatra.
Shree Jagannath Dhama Puri is one of the Char Dhams for Hindus. It is under threat to vulnerable targets. The Odisha government has implemented the Parikrama Prakalpa for the safeguard and protection of the temple. It is a welcome initiative of the government. Several facilities are available for devotees under the project, he added.
The government should consider seriously the concerns of Sankaracharya. This holy place should not turn into a place of materialistic centre. A total ban on non-vegetarian food and alcohol should be imposed in Puri town like Rishikesh and Haridwar, he said.
The Srimandir managing committee has no role in rolling of Parikrama Rath across the state to collect rice and betel nut. The decision has been taken by the Odisha government without informing the temple management, clarified Deb.