Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): After certain disputes among priests over the observance of Jagar Yatra of Lord Lingaraj, servitors have stopped the daily rituals of the Lord on Wednesday.
According to sources, in the morning after some rituals conducted in the temple, servitors refused to perform other activities leading to a complete halt of the other daily rituals even as the Sahan Mela darshan of devotees continued smoothly.
Badu Nijog, an association of servitors at the Lingaraj temple, has a long-pending demand over clearance of ‘Srabani Pauna’. They have been demanding the same since a long time.
On the other hand, the Brahman Samaj, a group of priests who perform important services, has alleged that the religious tradition involving the relationship of Lord Lingaraj and Kapileswar had been breached due to the internal brawl in between the servitors of Lingaraj temple and Kapilanath temple.
The age-old ritual of Lord Lingaraj- Handi Bhanga Yatra- was halted for last couple of years due to the dispute between the priests at both the temples. The Samaj demanded Temple Trust Board and administration’s intervention to sort out all the issues for the smooth conduct of temple rituals.
Several rituals of Lord Lingaraj and Kapileswar are conducted together as both the temples are linked in many ways.
Brahmana Samaj secretary Biranchi Narayan Pati said that the administration had not taken the matter seriously and sitting over the simmering disputes.