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Puri Jagannath Temple to offer free Mahaprasad to devotees

If everything goes as planned, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in Puri will soon offer Mahaprasad for free to devotees.

Srimandir Managing Committee approves Rs 169.50 crore budget for 2018-19; Rs 10 crore allocated for servitors welfare, Rs 1.5 crore for free prasad distribution, Rs 20 lakh outlay for darshan facilities for Divyang.

People entering the ‘Ratna Bhandar’, the treasury of Lord Jagannath at the famous temple in Puri in Odisha, for inspection, would have to do it wearing only “gamcha”, the traditional cotton towel, a temple official said today.

This is one of the conditions laid down by the Odisha government before the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) while granting permission to open the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ after 34 years for inspection by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Precious jewellery and ornaments of the deities are kept in Ratna Bhandar, which was last inspected in 1984 when only three of its seven chambers were opened.

No one knows exactly what was stored in the other chambers.

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