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SC seeks detailed report on management of Jagannath Temple


New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Friday passed a number of directions for proper management of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha, and to prevent exploitation of pilgrims and devotees there. A vacation bench, headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan, sought a detailed report from the district judge of Puri on the various difficulties faced by visitors and devotees of Lord Jagannath. The Supreme Court direction came up while hearing a PIL filed by one Mr Subhransu Padhi.The apex court directed the Odisha government to form a committee to study the rituals and many practices followed by the temple administrations of other religious places -- Vaishno Devi, Golden Temple and Somnath Temple -- and incorporate those for managing the Jagannath temple. The top court appointed senior Supreme Court lawyer Gopal Subramanian as an Amicus Curiae in the case.It also made it clear that pilgrims must have hassle-free access to the Jagannath temple and any practice to exploit visitors must stop.

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