38.6c New Delhi, India, Sunday, July 21, 2024

Orissa High Court Asks State to Open Temples in Graded Manner

By Richa Shah      09 October, 2020 01:36 PM      0 Comments
Orissa High Court Open Temples

On Wednesday (7th October 2020), The Orissa high court asked the state government to open the temples in a graded manner which will be according to modalities as per their assessment from place to place and from time to time. However, this shall be in accordance with the modalities after assessing the Covid-19 situation.

This was heard by a bench of two judges- Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Dr. B.R. Sanghvi. The order came from the high court when it was disposing of two writ petitions that sought a direction to extend financial relief to priests of registered temples for the lockdown period. Dadhibaman Dev, a priest of the temple of Nayagarh district and an organization of priests of the same district filed this petition.

In response to the petition filed by the priest, the High Court said, Taking a view on the grievances of the petitioners with regard to (providing) financial assistance or ration kits, or in the alternative for the opening of temples, as expeditiously as possible, but not later than eight weeks from the date of copy of this order is produced before the authority. 

Since the nationwide lockdown was imposed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all the temples in Odisha, including Jagannath temple in Puri have been closed for everyone. In the Jagannath temples, more than 450 servitors have tested positive for Covid-19 which has affected the temples daily activities. 

It was also observed during this case that all religious places in India are allowing a limited number of devotees.

Many priests and devotees across the state beat gongs, rang bells, and blew conches urging the Odisha government to reopen the temples as these temples are a source of livelihood for these people.

Mandira Sebayat Sangha, the priests of Odisha began their protest at 9 am for nine minutes. This protest was for demanding that the temples should open soon as their livelihood is at stake. 

The livelihoods of temple priests have been hit hard due to closure of temples since March. Most of the priests are going through severe financial constraints. They have no alternative to earn their livelihood. Our families are suffering. We had requested the government, but no one addressed our issues. That is why we had to ring bells and blow conches to draw the attention of the government towards our plight, said a member of OMSS.

Share this article:

Leave a feedback about this


Trending Judiciary
Need to develop law, legal education in vernacular languages: CJI [Read Speech]

CJI D.Y. Chandrachud emphasizes the need for developing law and legal education in vernacular languages to make legal systems accessible to all citizens.

15 July, 2024 09:30 AM
Trending Judiciary
CIC has powers to set up benches: SC [Read Judgement]

The Supreme Court affirms CIC's authority to set up benches, emphasizing its autonomy for efficient case management under the RTI Act, overturning the 2010 Delhi HC order.

15 July, 2024 09:42 AM
Trending Crime, Police And Law
High Court halts investigation, orders Police to register crimes under new laws [Read Order]

Karnataka High Court stays investigation, directs police to use the new Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita instead of the old Indian Penal Code for registering crimes.

15 July, 2024 10:37 AM
Trending Judiciary
'This can't be done,' Madras HC observes on slaughtering goat with TN BJP chief on defeat in LS polls

Madras HC observes "This cannot be done" on PIL seeking action against DMK cadres for slaughtering a goat with TN BJP chief Annamalai's photo after LS poll defeat.

15 July, 2024 12:13 PM


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email