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Delay in ‘Brahma Parivartan’ in Odisha results in blame game

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Bhubaneswar:  Mudslinging has erupted in Odisha among political parties, administration and temple servitors after inordinate delay in performing the secret “Brahma Parivartan” rituals in Puri’s historic Jagannath temple.

“Brahma Parivartan” means infusion of soul substance from old idols into the new idols of Lord Jagannath and siblings. In a major departure from tradition, the Brahma Parivartan, which should have been completed by Monday night, was completed on Tuesday afternoon, triggering resentment among devotees.

While  Congress and BJP pulled up the state administration for the breach of tradition, the ruling BJD blamed the temple servitors.

Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said that the state administration was responsible for “the grave irregularities” and pulled up Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for remaining tight-lipped on the issue.

BJP’s Legislature Party Chief Basant Panda demanded initiation of criminal proceedings against those responsible for “such grave mismanagement, marking an unpardonable and colossal breach of the age-old Puri temple customs and traditions”.

On the other hand, the ruling BJD passed the buck on to the “Sebayats” (servitors of the temple).

“The temple administration and State Government have no role in the delay as the ritual is the prerogative of the temple servitors,” said BJD spokesperson Sameer Dash. Meanwhile, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration chief Suresh Mohapatra said that the temple administration will conduct a detailed review and take action against those responsible for the delay.

“The temple administration will conduct a detailed review of the delay in the  rituals starting from Brahma Parivartan of the new idols to the Patali (burial) of the old idols. If any irregularities come to notice, appropriate action would be taken against those responsible for the delay,” he said.

He said that it has been learnt that the delay was due to internal wrangling among the senior and junior temple servitors.(IANS)

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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found In Odisha Fish Sample

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne

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Cancer-causing chemical formalin was found in fish stocks available in the markets here, an official said on Friday.

Traces of cancer-causing formalin were found in Pomfret fish samples, collected from the Unit-IV fish market in Bhubaneswar, said Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department Secretary Vishal Gagan.

A 12-member team from the department collected samples of around nine varieties of fish including marine, freshwater, and brackish water from the market and Chilika Fresh outlets — fish retailers — on Friday.

While formalin content was found in Pomfret fish samples, Gagan said the entire stock will be destroyed if more fish tested positive.

After the Assam government banned the import of fish from Andhra Pradesh, the Odisha government on Thursday issued directions to examine the quality of fish being imported from Andhra Pradesh to detect the presence of formalin.

Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.
Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Formalin, a cancer-inducing chemical, is used to keep dead fish fresh and enhance their storage life.

Gagan also informed that a committee under the District Collectors will be formed to ensure that no prohibitory substances are used to preserve the stock.

“As only one out of nine samples has tested positive, we are now concentrating on collecting information from various parts of the state and will take an appropriate decision regarding a ban on fish imports,” he said.

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Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne. (IANS)