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Social outfits in Puri demand to bring back Lord Jagannath’s Kohinoor diamond from London

11/09/2022 at 6:36 PM

Puri, Sept 11: Following the death of the queen Elizabeth II, social outfits in Puri have urged the government for bringing back the Kohinoor diamond from London, which was taken from the King of Punjab.

The social activists have demanded to place the demand before King Charles who have been newly sworn in as the monarch.

According to a section of servitors and researchers,  the most precious Kohinoor diamond was offered to Lord Jagannath by the king of Punjab,Ranjit Singh .He had executed a will in this connection after having darshan of Lord Jagannath in Puri  Shrimandir. However , the Kohinoor diamond could not be added to the Ratnabhandar(the bejeweled treasury) of the lord Jagannath as he died a few days after he dedicated it to the Trinity.

Meanwhile, the Britishers acquired the precious stone from the prince and took it to Buckingham Palace and treasured there. Subsequently, it was found dazzling on the crown of Queen Elizabeth.

On the other hand, religious institutions from India raised their demand to bring back the Indian property and the offering dedicated to Lord Jagannath but in vain.

As the same piece of Kohinoor diamond was found fitted with queen Elizabeth II at her demise, the demand regarding the return of the Kohinoor diamond has been again raised.

Researcher on  Shri Jagannath Cult, Naresh Chandra Dash said that the demand was raised several times by a number of social and religious institutions. However, no response in this connection was received so far from Buckingham Palace and the  British Embassy in Kolkata.  

Convenor of Jagannath Sena, Priyadarshan Pattnaik said the Union Government should prepare a road map to bring back the historical property related to the Jagannath temple.

Similarly, senior servitor and member of the Shri Jagannth Temple Managing Committee, Madhab Mohapatra said that the property offered to Lord Jagannath should be treasured in the Ratnabhandar with other precious ornaments of the Trinity, offered by the other Indian Kings.

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