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Jagannath idol stolen from Puri temple
Date: Sat Nov 10 2001 - 22:27:46 PST


Jagannath idol stolen from Puri temple 

Puri (Orissa) Nov 11

Madan Mohan, the 'ashtadhatu' (eight metals) idol of Lord Jagannath 
was stolen from Puri's Jagannath temple on Sunday. 

The early-morning rituals of the presiding deities of Lord Jagannath, 
his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra were suspended. The Madan 
Mohan idol is considered a living deity of Lord Jagannath. 

Last week, jewellery worth millions of rupees from the eleventh 
century Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar were stolen. 

Thousands of women who had been camping here since last fortnight to 
observe the ''Kartik brata'' were disappointed when they found the 
sanctum sanctorium closed. 

Sunday being ''Ekadasi'' day, thousands of widows entered the temple 
early morning after a ritual bath for a darshan of the Lord 

The pundits of the Mukti Mandap, the highest priest body of the 
temple, were being consulted to find out a solution to continue 
rituals in the absence of the idol. NNNN 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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