Facebook Photos Of Jagamohan Of Sri Jagannath Temple Go Viral Raising Questions Over Security Of 12th-Century Temple

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Puri and Bhubaneswar: A number of pictures of Jagamohan and sanctum sanctorum of Sri Jagannath Temple in Holy Town of Puri are doing the rounds on social media raising serious questions over security system inside the 12th-century shrine.

One Sadanand Sharma had uploaded these pictures on Facebook on September 25, 2016 which have gone viral on the social networking site.

According to the Facebook post, the photos were taken at the time of Rath Yatra during “scientific investigation” inside the temple to plug problems of ventilation and humidity inside the Jagamohan and the sanctum sanctorum.

Dwelling at length about the issue, Chief Administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Pradeep Jena informed that informed that Sadanand Sharma, a member of the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research(CIMFR), Dhanbad, who had cooperated in the repairing work of the sanctum sanctorum had posted the photos on Facebook.

Sadanand Sharma has apologized for the incident, Pradeep Jena said, adding that the matter has been taken up with the managing committee of the CIMFR for initiating legal and punitive action against Sadanand Sharma.
“I apologize to all the devotees of the temple Shree Lord Jagannath Puri for posting the photographs on Facebook. I am extremely sorry for intervening in this issue. I was never aware about the sensitivity of the conservative matter,” Sharma said in an apology letter to SJTA.
“I was associated with the temple project and had gone there for the purpose of repair and renovation of the temple. I had no other intention in this regard. Once again I sincerely apologise to all my friends, temple administration of Jagannath Temle, Puri, the media and the local people. I also assure that such incident will not be repeated in future. I have already deleted the contents that was there on the facebook,” the letter said.

It is worth mentioning that the recent incident appears a couple of months after a selfie by a woman from West Bengal inside the temple had gone viral on Facebook in a similar manner.

Notably, carrying of cameras and video recording devices inside the temple are prohibited and such incidents raise questions over the security arrangements by the Odisha police in and around the 12th-century temple.

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