The Supreme court has directed the centre to appoint a committee to study the management practices of Temples with historical importance so that the same can be used at the Odisha Jagannath Temple. An advocate has filed a petition in the court that the management was not taking care of the pilgrims here in the Jagannath temple. The amenities for the pilgrims were very poor.
The Supreme Court directed the Centre to set up a committee to study how temples of cultural and architectural importance across the country are being managed, particularly vis-a-vis facilities for pilgrims and utilisation of offerings. Interestingly the TTD of Chittoor is also in the list suggested by the SC where the committee would study the management systems here.
The Court must know that the former chief Priest Ramana Deekshitulu, in fact, has complained against the AP Government and also the temple board and would be approaching the SC soon with help of BJP RS member Subramanian Swamy.
Having emphasised the importance of pilgrimage centres of cultural and architectural value, the court said, the committee can study the management practices of Vaishno Devi shrine (Katra, Jammu & Kashmir), Tirupati temple (Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh), Sai Baba temple (Shirdi, Maharashtra), Somnath temple (Gir Somnath, Gujarat) and Golden Temple (Amritsar, Punjab).