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Judicial panel on Jagannath Temple reforms to visit Puri tomorrow

Bhubaneswar, Sep 11: The Justice BP Das Commission set up by the Odisha Government to suggest reforms in the management of Shree Jagannath Temple, would visit Puri on Monday to begin its probe.

After being appointed the head of one man commission Justice BP Das will be in Puri for the first time on Monday to interact with the district administration, temple authorities and the servitors of the 12th century shrine, sources said.

Though the Commission was scheduled to visit the pilgrim city on September 2, but could not turn up due to Bharat Bandh called by trade unions on that day.

On July 21, the State Government appointed the former Orissa High Court judge as head of the Judicial Commission following a hue and cry over the attack on the Puri district Collector Arvind Agarwal and delay in conducting the rituals of Lord Jagannath on Niladri Bije day (Return to the sanctum sanctorum) on July 17.

Justice Das would be assisted by former temple administrator Mahimohan Tripathy.

Timely conduct of rituals, helping devotees to have a good darshan of the deities and welfare of the servitors, security aspects of the temple and conservation of the shrine will be the issues that will come under the Commission's purview,

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