Odisha Cabinet approves Ordinance for better management of Lingaraj temple affairs


Bhubaneswar, December 14: The Odisha Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday approved Shree Lingaraj Temple Ordinance in line with Sri Jagannath Temple Act.

The 11th century shrine is presently governed by Odisha Hindu Religious Endowment Act. The Lingaraj Temple Act will help in better execution of rituals and management.

As per Lingaraj Temple Act, a Managing Committee of 15 members will be formed and empowered to manage affairs of the temple including seva-puja and nitis. The Committee will administer the temple and its properties including temples outside the premises and Mathas.

An administrator will be appointed to manage day-to-day affairs while necessary provision will be made for budget, audit and inspection. The legislation will also help in protection, management of temple properties and eviction of unauthorised occupants.

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