Rats created terror in Puri’s Jagannath temple.
The damage caused to the idols of God in the temple.
Their number increased due to the closure of the temple during Kovid.
Bhubaneswar: A herd of rats has attacked the famous Jagannath temple of Puri. The rats have worried the temple authorities by tearing at the clothes of the siblings Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. Expressing concern, the sevadars said that the rats have posed a threat to the things around the sanctum sanctorum and the wooden idols of deities. Satyanarayan Pushpalak, a sevadar, said, ‘We have found it difficult to perform daily puja and rituals amid the rats and their waste. Every day, they are destroying the clothes and garlands of the deities. Besides, the rats are spoiling the face of the gods.’
threat to sanctum sanctorum
Another serviceman Bhagban Panda said that small holes have been made between the stones laid on the floor which can pose a threat to the structure of the sanctum sanctorum. During the Kovid-19 pandemic, the temple was closed for a few months for devotees in 2020-2021. During this time there has been a huge increase in the number of rats and cockroaches in the temple.
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Temple administration is taking appropriate steps
The temple administration told the media that they are aware of the rats problem. Temple administration chief Jitendra Sahu said, “We are taking precautions and trying to get rid of the rats.” Temporarily we are using mousetraps to trap the rats. The rats trapped in the net are being released out of the temple. We are not using rate-poison at all.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 16, 2023, 17:24 IST