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The temple remained closed on January 1 and 2 and reopened for all devotees from across the country from Sunday.(Arabinda Mohapatra)

Jagannath temple reopens for all devotees

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:26 PM IST
About 17,000 devotees visited the temple on Sunday after producing Covid-19 negative reports done within 96 hours and adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines.
The servitors and their families will be allowed darshans till December 25.(HT Photo)
The servitors and their families will be allowed darshans till December 25.(HT Photo)

Jagannath temple reopens after a gap of 9 months with conditions

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 01:16 PM IST
From January 3, a negative test report for Covid-19 has been made mandatory for entry into the temple.
The doors of Jagannath temple have been shut since March 20.(AP File Photo)
The doors of Jagannath temple have been shut since March 20.(AP File Photo)

Jagannath temple to reopen on Wednesday, only people from Puri to be allowed in first phase

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 09:49 PM IST
The reopening of Jagannath temple is expected to set the stage for the opening of rest of the temples across Odisha next month.
The temple administration on Saturday decided to open the temple for devotees in a graded manner from December 23 onwards.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT Photo (Representative Image))
The temple administration on Saturday decided to open the temple for devotees in a graded manner from December 23 onwards.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT Photo (Representative Image))

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9pm: Puri Jagannath temple to open on December 23 and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 09:01 PM IST
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Image for representation.(AP)
Image for representation.(AP)

Jagannath temple to open its door to devotees from December 23

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 08:28 PM IST
The opening of Jagannath temple is expected to set the stage for the opening of rest of the temples across the state next month.
The Jagannath Temple in Puri has been closed since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in March.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The Jagannath Temple in Puri has been closed since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in March.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Jagannath temple administration pitches for mid-December reopening

HIndustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2020 11:40 PM IST
The Jagannath temple administration has recommended opening the temple doors in mid-December after the holy Kartika month ends.
The Jagannath Temple in Puri. The silver valued at Rs 15. 32 crore would be kept in a strong room till the doors are carved.(HT Photo)
The Jagannath Temple in Puri. The silver valued at Rs 15. 32 crore would be kept in a strong room till the doors are carved.(HT Photo)

Puri Jagannath temple doors to be plated with 2500 kg silver donated by Mumbai devotee

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Posted by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 08:29 AM IST
All the doors are worn out due to decaying wood, which will be replaced with Burma Teakwood imported from Malaysia
The move to have a special law for Lingaraj temple came after chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s tour to Puri on Saturday to take stock of the Rs 3,200 crore package for infrastructure development of the temple town. (Photo @Naveen_Odisha)
The move to have a special law for Lingaraj temple came after chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s tour to Puri on Saturday to take stock of the Rs 3,200 crore package for infrastructure development of the temple town. (Photo @Naveen_Odisha)

Odisha to bring special law for managing 11th century Lingaraj temple

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 09:28 PM IST
A law department official said the draft Act would be discussed on Tuesday before being brought in as a Bill in the winter session of the Assembly next month.
The Orissa high court order came on the day many priests and devotees across the state beat gongs, rang bells and blew conches urging the Odisha government to reopen the temples.
The Orissa high court order came on the day many priests and devotees across the state beat gongs, rang bells and blew conches urging the Odisha government to reopen the temples.

Orissa high court asks state to open temples in graded manner

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 12:02 AM IST
The order of the high court came while disposing of two writ petitions that sought direction to extend financial relief to priests of registered temples for the lockdown period.
Temple officials said the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to cast its shadow on the Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath scheduled to be held in November this year. The Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath will happen after a gap of 26 years.(ANI PHOTO.)
Temple officials said the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to cast its shadow on the Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath scheduled to be held in November this year. The Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath will happen after a gap of 26 years.(ANI PHOTO.)

After 400 priests of Jagannath temple test Covid-19+, Odisha says no to opening religious places

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 12:23 AM IST
Replying to a notice issued by the Orissa High Court over a PIL, the state government said as the sanctum sanctorum of the Jagannath Temple in Puri does not have enough space, there are chances of spread of infection if the temple is allowed to open for devotees.
On August 31, the state government had decided that none of the religious places in the state will be opened till September 30.(HT Photo)
On August 31, the state government had decided that none of the religious places in the state will be opened till September 30.(HT Photo)

As priests contract Covid-19, uncertainty looms over opening of Jagannath temple

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 08:24 PM IST
Hopes of Jagannath temple opening in October have been squashed away with several servitors or priests of the temple getting infected by Covid-19.
Jagannath Temple, the most popular religious shrine in Odisha, has been shut for devotees since March 20 just before the lockdown started.(HT PHOTO.)
Jagannath Temple, the most popular religious shrine in Odisha, has been shut for devotees since March 20 just before the lockdown started.(HT PHOTO.)

Puri resident files PIL in Orissa High Court, seeks reopening of Jagannath Temple

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 09:07 PM IST
In both the PILs, the petitioners have said that closure of the temples had created immense hardships to all servitors across the state.
Considered as part and parcel of the social, religious and cultural ethos of the people of Odisha, the annual sojourn of Lord Jagannath and his siblings to the Gundicha Temple in their chariots is inconceivable without devotees.(HT Photo)
Considered as part and parcel of the social, religious and cultural ethos of the people of Odisha, the annual sojourn of Lord Jagannath and his siblings to the Gundicha Temple in their chariots is inconceivable without devotees.(HT Photo)

‘God’s will’: How the 12-day-long Rath Yatra was held without devotees

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty| Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 07:46 AM IST
On June 18, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by chief justice SA Bobde had stalled the festival viewing that the possible congregation of 10-12 lakh people in Puri on Rath Yatra day may not be appropriate in the interests of public health and safety of citizens.
The chariots of Lord Jagnnath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra at the Gundicha temple before staring the journey back to the Jagannath temple in Puri(HT PHOTO)
The chariots of Lord Jagnnath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra at the Gundicha temple before staring the journey back to the Jagannath temple in Puri(HT PHOTO)

Chariots of Lord Jagannath and siblings return to main temple without devotees

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2020 03:13 PM IST
There were no devotees in line with a Supreme Court order of June 22 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The chariots of the Hindu deities Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath at the Gundicha temple during the annual Rath Yatra festival, in Puri, Odisha on Tuesday.(Arabinda Mohapatra/HT PHOTO)
The chariots of the Hindu deities Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath at the Gundicha temple during the annual Rath Yatra festival, in Puri, Odisha on Tuesday.(Arabinda Mohapatra/HT PHOTO)

Puri’s Jagannath Rath Yatra goes off smoothly without devotees

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 10:10 PM IST
The Rath Yatra took place amid several restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic and no devotees were allowed to participate in line with a Supreme Court order.
Odisha, June 23 (ANI): King of Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb takes part in a ‘Chhera Pahanra’ rituals of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri.(ANI)
Odisha, June 23 (ANI): King of Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb takes part in a ‘Chhera Pahanra’ rituals of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri.(ANI)

Jagannath Yatra: Erstwhile King of Puri sweeps chariot with gold-handled broom

Puri (Odisha) | By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 03:53 PM IST
The idol of Lord Balabhadra was brought to the chariot by priests and ‘sevayats’ for the Rath Yatra from Jagannath Temple in Puri.
Chariots of Lord Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath ahead of the procession towards the Gundicha temple during the Rath Yatra festival in Puri.(PTI)
Chariots of Lord Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath ahead of the procession towards the Gundicha temple during the Rath Yatra festival in Puri.(PTI)

In a first in Jagannath Rath Yatra, temple priests pull chariots in Puri as devotees stay home

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2020 03:24 PM IST
Devotees who could not participate in the procession dues to restriction in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, chose to follow the Rath Yatra on television.
Priests and policemen pull the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balarama, and Subhadra from the construction site (Ratha Khala) to Jagannatha Temple for the annual Rath Yatra.(PTI Photo)
Priests and policemen pull the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balarama, and Subhadra from the construction site (Ratha Khala) to Jagannatha Temple for the annual Rath Yatra.(PTI Photo)

Rath Yatra begins in Odisha’s Puri amid Covid-19: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 08:52 AM IST
The Odisha government has imposed a 41-hour curfew in the temple town and started Covid-19 tests of 700 temple priests who would pull the three chariots in Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra.
The Rath Yatra festival lasts for 10 to 12 days and involves a procession of chariots containing the deities Lord Jagannatha, his brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra.(ANI photo)
The Rath Yatra festival lasts for 10 to 12 days and involves a procession of chariots containing the deities Lord Jagannatha, his brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra.(ANI photo)

‘Allow Rath Yatra without public participation’: Supreme Court hears plea

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 12:33 PM IST
The court had last Thursday stayed the annual event and associated activities at the Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
File photo of devotees pulling the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra during Puri Rath Yatra in 2019.(PTI)
File photo of devotees pulling the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra during Puri Rath Yatra in 2019.(PTI)

Puri King asks Naveen Patnaik to move SC to modify order stopping Rath Yatra

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty| Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 11:18 PM IST
In his letter to Chief Minister Naveeen Patnaik, the Puri King said the crisis caused by Covid pandemic is not a situation which renders it impossible to conduct Rath Yatra in Puri as it can be held without any congregation of the general public.
Puri Temple officials are hoping that the state government will allow holding the Rath Yatra without devotees.(HT Photo)
Puri Temple officials are hoping that the state government will allow holding the Rath Yatra without devotees.(HT Photo)

In historic departure, Snana Purnima held in Jagannath temple sans devotees

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 09:21 PM IST
Snana Purnima is considered the most important festival at the Jagannath temple preceding the Rath Yatra.
The Rath Yatra, scheduled on June 23, is the most important festival in Odisha attended by over million devotees who throng Puri town for the 10-day long festival.(PTI File)
The Rath Yatra, scheduled on June 23, is the most important festival in Odisha attended by over million devotees who throng Puri town for the 10-day long festival.(PTI File)

Puri Rath Yatra chariots’ construction to begin amid lockdown

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 08:35 AM IST
The Jagannath Temple managing committee, which met on Monday via videoconferencing, decided that if the Covid-19 lockdown is further extended and Rath Yatra cancelled, the logs of the chariots can be taken apart and used in the temple kitchen for preparation of the Mahaprasad.
About a million devotees throng Puri for rath yatra every year for the 10-day long festival, the most important one in Odisha. (HT photo)
About a million devotees throng Puri for rath yatra every year for the 10-day long festival, the most important one in Odisha. (HT photo)

As PM dials Odisha CM, Jagannath temple says rath yatra decision after May 3

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 09:24 PM IST
The temple doors have been shut since March 20 due to the pandemic. Only day-to-day rituals are being done by the temple priests.
File photo of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha(HT File)
File photo of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha(HT File)

Odisha cop suspended for entering Jagannath Temple during Covid-19 lockdown

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 09:27 AM IST
Police officials said the inspector and his family spent around half an hour in the Jagannath temple and had a darshan of the deities.
Lord Jagannath during Dhadi Pahandi - the procession from temple to the chariots - at the grand road (Bada Danda) during Nabakalebar Rathayatra Festival in Puri, Odisha.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT Photo)
Lord Jagannath during Dhadi Pahandi - the procession from temple to the chariots - at the grand road (Bada Danda) during Nabakalebar Rathayatra Festival in Puri, Odisha.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT Photo)

Over 2,000 Jagannath temple servitors to receive Rs 5,000 each amid Covid-19 lockdown

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2020 03:32 PM IST
Odisha had shut its most famous Jagannath temple for pilgrims from March 20 to contain the spread of coronavirus disease.
The Jagannath Temple administration which had deposited the amount in Yes Bank is the sole authority for management of financial affairs of the 11th century shrine.(BLOOMBERG PHOTO.)
The Jagannath Temple administration which had deposited the amount in Yes Bank is the sole authority for management of financial affairs of the 11th century shrine.(BLOOMBERG PHOTO.)

BJP demands CBI probe into Odisha’s Jagannath Temple funds parked in Yes Bank

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 09:51 PM IST
A total amount of Rs 592 crore was kept in Yes Bank of which Rs 545 crore was fixed as term deposit for a year. The remaining Rs 47 crore was kept in a flexi account.
The Sri Jagannath Temple administration that manages the 11th century temple had deposited Rs 592 crore in the bank till September last year.(MINT PHOTO.)
The Sri Jagannath Temple administration that manages the 11th century temple had deposited Rs 592 crore in the bank till September last year.(MINT PHOTO.)

Odisha finance minister asks Centre to release Jagannath Temple funds kept in Yes Bank

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2020 09:37 PM IST
In his letter to Sitharaman, the Odisha finance minister said the amount has been kept as a term deposit and needs to be released soon in the interest of millions of Hindu devotees.
A 66-acre Ekamra Khetra Yojana has been launched as part of the beautification of Lingaraj Temple.(PTI PHOTO.)
A 66-acre Ekamra Khetra Yojana has been launched as part of the beautification of Lingaraj Temple.(PTI PHOTO.)

Odisha govt gears up for renovation of historic Lingaraj Temple

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 08:11 AM IST
According to the scheme, nine projects including the renovation of historic water tanks, modern parking, Lingaraj Heritage Project, development of Kedar Gouri and Muketswara temple premises, e-auto programme and establishment of a heritage interpretation centre will be carried out. A park will be set up in front of Lingaraj Temple and vehicle movement in front of the temple will be banned.
Mangu Mutt is located in front of the main entrance of the 12th-century Jagannath temple.(HT Photo/File)
Mangu Mutt is located in front of the main entrance of the 12th-century Jagannath temple.(HT Photo/File)

Demolition of Sikh’s Mangu Mutt in Puri begins, sanctum sanctorum to be spared

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 12:36 AM IST
In September this year, Punjab chief minister Amarinder had opposed the move to demolish the Mutt visited by Guru Nanak Dev to spread his message of the oneness of God.
Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati had been demanding lifting of government control over Govardhan Mutt(HT Photo)
Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati had been demanding lifting of government control over Govardhan Mutt(HT Photo)

Puri’s Govardhan Mutt moved out of Odisha government’s control

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2019 07:32 PM IST
The other three Hindu monasteries of Dwarka, Shringeri and Joshimath, established by Adi Shankaracharya, are managed by their Shankaracharyas and are not under government control.
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