Puri (Odisha), November 14 (Language) Puri’s Jagannath Temple authorities have announced a complete ban on consumption of “paan and gutkha” in the premises of the 12th century temple from January 1, 2024.
The decision taken in this regard was announced by Ranjan Kumar Das, Chief Administrator of Shri Jagannath Temple Administration.
Das said the restrictions will be strictly enforced for devotees, sevadars and temple staff.
“Awareness will be spread in November and December not to consume paan and gutkha in the temple premises, while the prohibition will come into effect from January 1,” he told reporters on Tuesday. Those who violate the rules will be fined.
The temple administration has also written a letter to Chhattisa Nijog, the apex organization of sevadars, on this subject.
It said in the letter that there is a provision of fine for eating such things in the temple premises, but “no one is following the rules.”
Last month, the temple administration had said it would implement a ‘dress code’ for devotees from January 1.
Das had said, “It is our responsibility to maintain the dignity and sanctity of the temple. Unfortunately, some people come to the temple without regard to the religious sentiments of other people.
He had said, “Some people were seen in the temple wearing torn jeans, sleeveless clothes and half pants, as if they were roaming in the beach or park. God lives in the temple, the temple is not a place for entertainment.
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