CM responds to LoP’s letter on Adapa Bije Pahandi mishap

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi responded on Thursday to Leader of Opposition Naveen Patnaik’s concerns about the mishap involving Lord Balabhadra during the Pahandi procession in Puri. Majhi expressed his respect for Patnaik’s suggestions.

Upon learning about the incident during the ‘Adapa Bije Pahandi’ (procession of carrying the deity) of Lord Balabhadra, Majhi said he immediately directed Deputy Chief Minister Prabhati Parida and Law Minister Prithviraj Harichandan to go to Puri.

He also emphasized the importance of taking necessary precautions to prevent future incidents.

In a reply letter to Naveen Patnaik, Majhi stated, “I have carefully read the letter you wrote to me regarding this matter. Together, we will ensure the proper execution of all services for the holy trinity and the Sri Gundicha Yatra. Your advice will always be received with the utmost respect.”

Majhi further remarked that Lord Jagannath is not only a symbol of Odia identity but also the Lord of the entire world. The mishap during this year’s ‘Adapa Bije Pahandi’ ritual has saddened people worldwide. He acknowledged the upset caused by the incident and shared his own deep sorrow.

Earlier today, Naveen Patnaik had requested CM Majhi to take exemplary steps regarding the mishap through a letter. Patnaik also criticized the insensitive comments made by some State Cabinet Ministers, which he said had compounded the grief and hurt the emotions of the devotees.

During the ‘Adapa Bije Pahandi’ ceremony following the Rath Yatra in Puri, several servitors were injured when Lord Balabhadra’s idol fell on them. The incident occurred as the deities were being transferred from their chariots to the Adapa Mandap of the Gundicha temple on Tuesday evening. Specifically, while moving Lord Balabhadra’s idol from the Taladhwaja chariot using the temporary ramp, Charamala, it slipped and caused injuries to several servitors. The injured were promptly taken to Puri hospital for treatment.