Tuesday, April 10, 2007

When Queen can visit Temple once in Lifetime

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In India, rituals in some temples look strange some times. Take the case of "Queen-designate" of Puri in Orissa state of India where the Maharani of Puri, Lilabati Pattamahadei, undertook a rare ritual, as she visited the 12th century Sri Jagannath temple here to offer prayers over the weekend.

Here is the "Queen-designate" of Puri who stays just in front of the famous Lord Jagannath temple of Orissa in Puri but for the Maharani it was virtually inaccessible as per temple rules & regulations. She has had to wait for nearly three decades to get a darshan of the Lord. The event comes only once in the lifetime of the Maharani.

The last time that a Maharani of the royal family visited the temple was in 1966.
Interestingly "Loknath", a boy at the Temple performed the traditional rituals for the "Queen-designate" as no other man / temple priest could be present as per the rituals in the temple when she was there.

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