HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal’s royal priest (Rajguru) Madhav Prasad Bhattarai was allegedly harassed at the main entrance of Jagannath Temple in Puri of Orissa yesterday.
Times of India reported that Rajguru Bhattarai was harassed by a police constable, who, “suspecting his religion”, did not let him enter the famous Hindu shrine.
The incident took place just two weeks after the alleged assault on an Italian Odissi dancer by two priests of the famous Hindu shrine. Rajguru Bhattarai has lodged a complaint at the Simhadwar police station.
“After being frisked at the entrance by three police personnel, we were again stopped by a lady constable. Though my priest gave her my identity, she refused to listen and shouted at us,” ToI quoted his FIR.
“The lady constable calmed down only when some other priests intervened. After the altercation, the priest was not in a mood to go for a darshan of the deities. However, I took him to the sanctum sanctorum where he paid obeisance,” ToI quoted priest Sunil Pujapanda as saying. According to the report, Bhattarai, who reached Puri on Monday, was the guest of Puri Sankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati. The Puri seer took umbrage of the incident and immediately asked the Puri SP to take action against the constable.
“We have received the complaint. Action will be taken against the constable,” ToI quoted SP Anup Kumar Sahoo.