Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Priest arrested for snatching gold chain

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The Jagannath Temple at Puri in Orissa State of India is a famous Hindu temple & is dedicated to Lord Jagannath which is another form of mythological Lord Vishnu. It's a 12th century shrine. This temple is a pilgrimage spot for all the Hindus. The temple is also famous for its Rath Yatra i.e. Chariot festival, in which huge and beautifully decorated chariots are used for the procession of various deities.

Earlier there have been complaints against the Priests over there for their unruly behavior in and outside the shrine. But as per one Times of India report, the latest incident was the most embarrassing one for the priestly clan when Police arrested Jagannath Khuntia, a 38-year-old priest, after catching him red-handed trying to snatch a gold necklace and earrings from a devotee inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

Earlier police in the last six months, had received around 15 complaints of snatching and pick pocketing inside one of the country's most revered shrines.

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