The Centre had earlier notified to withdraw the draft bylaws of the National Monuments Authority (NMA) for Jagannath Temple in Puri, but the Odisha Government has now requested the NMA to even withdraw the same bylaws for Lingaraj and Brahmeswar Temple in Bhubaneswar.
According to the report, the President of Lord Lingaraj Temple Trust Board- the Commissioner of the Endowment, Odisha and Khurda District Collector has now directed the NMA to withdraw the notification as soon as possible. The report further informs that two letters were addressed to the NMA and the draft rules prohibit construction works around the temple.
S.K. Mohanty, Khurda Collector said that under Ekamra Development Plan Odisha Government recently gained lands and properties for the strengthening safety and security of the centuries-old Shrine and also modification of the external areas for the projects. Even the projects will also accommodate the pilgrims with amenities such as drinking water, cloakrooms, and Queue Management System.
In the letter, Mohanty stated that because of the deep religious and spiritual connection with Lord Lingaraj of the people who own these properties this was possible. These people agreed to give their ancestral properties so that millions of adherents who visit Bhubaneswar can take Dharshan of Lord Lingaraj at Lingaraj Temple.
Similarly, CR Mohapatra, Commissioner of Endowments, Odisha has written to the NMA pushing it for withdrawal of heritage bye-laws framed for Brahmeswar Temple, Bhubaneswar.
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