President Kovind, wife ‘not allowed’ to enter Odisha temple

President Kovind, wife ‘not allowed’ to enter Odisha temple
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Srinagar: In an extremely embarrassing incident, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind were ‘misbehaved with’ during their trip to Jagannath Temple in Odisha on March 18. Media reports said on Friday.

As per reports the Puri district administration has initiated an investigation into the matter three months after the incident took place.

According to reports some servitors had obstructed the path of the President near the shrine’s sanctum sanctorum. The group had also shoved the First Lady, according to the minutes of a meeting occurred by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on March 20.

The SJTA meeting had come a day after the Rashtrapati Bhavan issued a strong note to Puri collector Aravind Agarwal, lodging protest against the conduct of servitors. The incident according to media reports was confirmed by SJTA chief administrator, IAS officer Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.

As per reports on March 18, devotees were not allowed inside the temple between 6.35 am- 8.40 am so that the dignitaries could have a hassle-free darshan. The reports added that only a few government officers and servitors were permitted inside the temple to accompany Kovind and his wife.

As per reports, when President Kovind walked towards Ratna Singhasana in Puri Jagannath temple, a Khuntia Mekap servitor reportedly did not give the President proper space. The report added that some servitors ‘nudged’ the couple while they were having darshan.

Taking a stern view of the incident, the temple administration has taken a decision to serve show cause notices to three servitors, reports said.