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Biswajit Nayak made a miniature statue of the 'Gajanana Besha of Lord Jagannath', using 1475 ice cream sticks.(ANI)

Odisha man makes miniature statue of Lord Jagannath using 1475 ice-cream sticks

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2021 09:08 PM IST
It took Biswajit Nayak 15 days to make the 30-inch-tall statue of Lord Jagannath.
Nagarjuna vesha is observed every 26 years in Puri. The vesha was last observed in 1994, when six devotees were killed in the ensuing stampede.(AP)
Nagarjuna vesha is observed every 26 years in Puri. The vesha was last observed in 1994, when six devotees were killed in the ensuing stampede.(AP)

‘No ornaments of Lord Jagannath went missing during special ritual’: Temple administration

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 12:08 AM IST
Nagarjuna Vesha ritual of Lord Jagannath and his siblings in the temple was held on November 27 without the presence of any devotees due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Saswat Ranjan Sahoo, an artist in Odisha’s Puri, has created an idol of Lord Jagannath using 3,635 matchsticks to pray for the well-being of people and eradication of the pandemic.(ANI)
Saswat Ranjan Sahoo, an artist in Odisha’s Puri, has created an idol of Lord Jagannath using 3,635 matchsticks to pray for the well-being of people and eradication of the pandemic.(ANI)

Odisha artist creates Lord Jagannath’s idol with 3,635 matchsticks

Asian News International | By Asian News International | Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 02:55 PM IST
Saswat Ranjan Sahoo took 11 days to create an idol of Lord Jagannath using 3.635 matchsticks.
Nagarjuna Besha is observed every 26 years in Puri. The besha was last observed in 1994, when six devotees were killed in the ensuing stampede.(AP PHOTO.)
Nagarjuna Besha is observed every 26 years in Puri. The besha was last observed in 1994, when six devotees were killed in the ensuing stampede.(AP PHOTO.)

Puri goes under Section 144 to prevent crowds during Nagarjuna Besha held after 26 years

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 11:38 PM IST
Puri sub-collector Bhabataran Sahu said restrictions will be clamped on the stretch from Marichikot square in the city till the Singhadwar of the temple and around the temple.
The pilgrim town of Puri in Odisha is best known for the Jagannath Temple.(PTI)
The pilgrim town of Puri in Odisha is best known for the Jagannath Temple.(PTI)

Odisha BJP member claims Sambit Patra made Puri famous, stirs hornets’ nest

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar, | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 04:19 PM IST
The ruling BJD and the opposition Congress said the BJP spokesperson’s remark was outrageous. In her defence, the BJP said she was quoted out of context.
Launching the “Bagala bachao andolan”, the BJP said it was unfortunate that the state government wanted to give away part of the dharmasala’s land to influential persons for building their lodge. (Photo: Bagala Dharmasala Puri/Facebook)
Launching the “Bagala bachao andolan”, the BJP said it was unfortunate that the state government wanted to give away part of the dharmasala’s land to influential persons for building their lodge. (Photo: Bagala Dharmasala Puri/Facebook)

BJP protests against ‘illegal’ transfer of Puri dharmasala land in Odisha

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 11:00 AM IST
As part of relief and rehabilitation package to the lodge owners, the Puri district administration had allotted 0.34 acres of land of Bagala Dharmasala to five lodge owners whose lodges were demolished during the beautification drive last year.
The chariots of Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath at the Gundicha temple during the annual Rath Yatra festival, in Puri, Odisha, in June.(Arabinda Mohapatra/HT Photo)
The chariots of Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath at the Gundicha temple during the annual Rath Yatra festival, in Puri, Odisha, in June.(Arabinda Mohapatra/HT Photo)

Historic first: Puri Rath yatra chariots won’t be dismantled this year

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 10:00 AM IST
The three chariots are dismantled after the Rath Yatra every year and new ones are constructed for the next year’s procession.
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.
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.
Puri, India-June 23, 2020: Priests perform the pahandi rituals of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, in Puri, Odisha, India, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)
Puri, India-June 23, 2020: Priests perform the pahandi rituals of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, in Puri, Odisha, India, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)

Rath Yatra begins in Odisha’s Puri without devotees and amid curfew

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 02:36 PM IST
A curfew has been imposed across Puri district from 9pm on Monday till 2pm on Wednesday, according to Abhay, the director general of police (DGP).
Priests and devotees take part in rituals of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Priests and devotees take part in rituals of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

Home minister Amit Shah greets people as Rath Yatra begins in Odisha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 12:49 PM IST
Rath Yatra, or the chariot journey, celebrates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath and his two siblings from the 12th century Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri to their aunt’s abode in Gundicha temple, 2.5 km away.
My heartiest greetings to all of you on the auspicious occasion of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra, said PM Modi.(ANI file photo)
My heartiest greetings to all of you on the auspicious occasion of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra, said PM Modi.(ANI file photo)

PM Narendra Modi greets people on occasion of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra

New Delhi, Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 10:38 AM IST
The Supreme Courts’ had on Monday decided to modify its earlier order to allow the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra in Odisha’s Puri to be held with the coordination of the temple committee, State and Central government without compromising with the health issue pertaining to Covid-19.
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.
Workers preparing to pull the three chariots of Lord Jagannath and his two siblings —Balabhadra and Subhadra(PTI)
Workers preparing to pull the three chariots of Lord Jagannath and his two siblings —Balabhadra and Subhadra(PTI)

Rath Yatra begins today after Supreme Court nod: Curfew, no devotees this year

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 07:31 AM IST
Rath Yatra, or the chariot journey, celebrates the annual visit of Lord Jagannath and his two siblings —Balabhadra and Subhadra from the 12th-century Jagannath Temple to their aunt’s place in Gundicha temple, 2.5km away.
The Supreme Court allowed authorities in Odisha on Monday to conduct the famed Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri, recalling its June 18 order that prohibited this year’s celebrations in view of the coronavirus disease outbreak.(PTI file photo)
The Supreme Court allowed authorities in Odisha on Monday to conduct the famed Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri, recalling its June 18 order that prohibited this year’s celebrations in view of the coronavirus disease outbreak.(PTI file photo)

SC nod to Rath Yatra, but public not allowed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Bhubaneswar | By Murali Krishnan and Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 02:59 AM IST
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde set several conditions, including the imposition of a curfew in Puri during the festivities, and asked the Jagannath Temple administration committee and the Odisha government to strictly adhere to them
Priests and devotees celebrate after Supreme Court indicated it would allow the annual Rath Yatra, scheduled to start from tomorrow, in Puri on June 22, 2020.(PTI)
Priests and devotees celebrate after Supreme Court indicated it would allow the annual Rath Yatra, scheduled to start from tomorrow, in Puri on June 22, 2020.(PTI)

How Centre, nudged by PM Modi, made a case for Rath Yatra in Supreme Court

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 09:02 PM IST
Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday indicated that PM Modi nudged him to hold consultations with the Shankaracharya and the King of Puri.
The Supreme Court is likely to hear the plea on June 18.(HT file photo)
The Supreme Court is likely to hear the plea on June 18.(HT file photo)

Centre moves SC, seeks nod for Puri Rath Yatra without public participation

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 12:28 PM IST
The Puri Rath Yatra, which is attended by lakhs of people from across the world, is scheduled from June 23.
Chattisa Nijog, the apex body of priests of the Shree Jagannath Temple, too urged the state government to approach the Supreme Court. (HT photo)
Chattisa Nijog, the apex body of priests of the Shree Jagannath Temple, too urged the state government to approach the Supreme Court. (HT photo)

Puri Shankaracharya, priests want SC to review stay on Rath Yatra

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by AshutoshTripathi
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 09:37 PM IST
This is the first time that the Rath Yatra would not be held in the last 285 years.
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.
Odisha government has announced Rs 3,200 crore package for infrastructure development of temple town Puri.
Odisha government has announced Rs 3,200 crore package for infrastructure development of temple town Puri.

Odisha Chief Minister on temple run, Opposition says it is for political mileage

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 01:30 PM IST
Officials said Patnaik’s devotion to Lord Jagannath is nothing new and he always wanted to do something for development of the temple town.
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.
The tweet, since being shared on July 7, has collected over 1,000 ‘likes’.(Twitter/@SPPuri1)
The tweet, since being shared on July 7, has collected over 1,000 ‘likes’.(Twitter/@SPPuri1)

Devotees form human corridor for ambulance during Rath Yatra in Puri. Watch

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 07:30 PM IST
Video shows thousands of devotees standing on either side of the road as the vehicle passed.
Devotees participate in Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra in the presence of huge police deployment, at the walled city, in New Delhi(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Devotees participate in Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra in the presence of huge police deployment, at the walled city, in New Delhi(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

3 dead, 7 injured as Lord Jagannath’s chariot hits power line

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneshwar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 08:37 PM IST
Police officials said hundreds of devotees of Lord Jagannath were pulling the iron chariot when it came in contact with the high power transmission lines.
Devotees stand outside the Lord Jagannath temple ahead of the Rath Yatra in Puri on Wednesday.(ANI)
Devotees stand outside the Lord Jagannath temple ahead of the Rath Yatra in Puri on Wednesday.(ANI)

Rath Yatra 2019: Devotees start pulling Lord Jagannath’s chariot in Puri

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 01:48 PM IST
The chariots of Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and younger sister Devi Subhadra were pulled by the devotees on the streets called Badadanda as people played drums, trumpets and sang devotional songs.
Puri Collector and district returning officer Jyoti Prakash Dash issued a show cause notice to Patra seeking an explanation within three days.(ANI)
Puri Collector and district returning officer Jyoti Prakash Dash issued a show cause notice to Patra seeking an explanation within three days.(ANI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Sambit Patra served notice for using Lord Jagannath idol during campaign

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2019 09:52 PM IST
However, Patra said that he had not received any notice in connection with the matter, but clarified that going to have darshan of Lord Jagannath was not at a violation of poll code.
Coming down heavily on the BJP for its proposed Rath Yatras in West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said such yatras are typically conducted in the name of God, and not meant to indulge in “danga” (riot).(PTI)
Coming down heavily on the BJP for its proposed Rath Yatras in West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said such yatras are typically conducted in the name of God, and not meant to indulge in “danga” (riot).(PTI)

‘Rath yatras for God, not to trigger riots’: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s stinging jibe at BJP

Sagar Island (WB) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2018 12:25 AM IST
The Supreme Court on Monday declined an urgent hearing on a BJP plea challenging a Calcutta high court order disallowing its Rath Yatras in the state.
Devotees wait at Lord Ayyappa temple, in Sabarimala.(PTI File Photo)
Devotees wait at Lord Ayyappa temple, in Sabarimala.(PTI File Photo)

Supreme Court verdict on prohibiting women in Sabarimala temple on Friday

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2018 09:33 PM IST
The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Friday its verdict on the plea challenging the practice of prohibiting women in 10 to 50 age group from entering the Sabarimla temple having the deity of Lord Ayyappa
The Ratna Bhandar in the Jagannath temple has two chambers -- the ‘Bhitar bhandar’ (inner treasury) and ‘Bahar bhandar’ (Outer treasury). Currently, the outer treasury is being used for various rituals.(PTI File Photo)
The Ratna Bhandar in the Jagannath temple has two chambers -- the ‘Bhitar bhandar’ (inner treasury) and ‘Bahar bhandar’ (Outer treasury). Currently, the outer treasury is being used for various rituals.(PTI File Photo)

Jagannath temple’s Ratna Bhandar to be inspected on April 4 after 34-year gap

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 08:57 PM IST
The inspectors, who will wear just a loincloth, will review only the structural stability of the Jagannath temple’s Ratna bhandar, and not the valuables stored there
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