Traditional temple

Puri Srimandir sees ‘Maha Snana’ after blood spill at temple premises

Lord Jagannath rituals at Puri Srimandir have been delayed for about an hour and a half after a blood spill was reported near Srimandir’s ‘Bhitara Katha’ on Monday morning.

In keeping with tradition, the Holy Trinity underwent ‘Maha Snana’ (Great Purification) rituals after blood was spotted in the premises of the 12th century shrine.

The heist in the nitis angered a large number of devotees who were awaiting darshan at the temple. They expressed their displeasure as they were not allowed to enter the temple for darshan due to the great purification rituals.

“We were in long queues for the deities’ darshan. But, the administration of the temple did not tell us about the end of darshan”, lamented a devotee.

“We struggled to enter the Srimandir and waited a long time for our turn. It was really hard to stand in the scorching heat. The temple administration should have informed worshipers queuing about the development or at least provided us with water,” another worshiper said.

Later however, devotees were allowed to enter the temple after the completion of the Maha Snana ritual of the deities.

It is worth mentioning here that in case any untoward incidents lead to the spilling of blood in the temple premises, the Maha Snana ritual of the Holy Trinity is performed.