Odisha Cabinet approved Shri Lingaraj Temple Ordinance in line with Sri Jagannath Temple Act; administrator will be appointed to manage day-to-day affairs

Bhubaneswar: In a historic move, Odisha Cabinet approved Shri Lingaraj Temple Ordinance in line with Sri Jagannath Temple Act. The 11th century shrine is presently governed by Odisha Hindu Religious Endowment Act & Lingaraj Temple Act will help in better execution of rituals & management.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired over the State Cabinet Meeting held today that took two measure decisions relating to Law and Works Department.

Chief Minister said that in a historic move, Odisha Cabinet approved Shri Lingaraj Temple Ordinance in line with Sri Jagannath Temple Act. The 11th century shrine is presently governed by Odisha Hindu Religious Endowment Act and Lingaraj Temple Act will help in better execution of rituals and management.

Chief Minister also said that as per Lingaraj Temple Act, a Managing Committee of 15 members will be formed and empowered to manage affairs of the temple including seva-puja and nitis. The Committee will administer the temple and its properties including temples outside the premises and Mathas, he added.

Chief Minister further said that an administrator will be appointed to manage day-to-day affairs while necessary provision will be made for budget, audit and inspection. The legislation will also help in protection, management of temple properties and eviction of unauthorised occupants, he added.